The violin bow has a problem: it ends. And with it, so does the phrase.
But what if the bow didn’t have to end?
Step into a parallel reality with me, one where no matter how long you draw a bow, you never reach its limit!
Zeno the Greek
In the fifth century BCE, Zeno (despite not owning a violin, as far as we know) thought about this very problem. He devised a series of “paradoxes” that challenged his listeners to perceive time and space in new ways. In particular, he proposed that motion is nothing but an illusion!
One of his most famous paradoxes features Achilles and a tortoise. And it holds the key to an endless bow, which in turn will give you endless phrases.
So if you’ve ever been frustrated by bow changes, watch my video and discover a brand new practice technique:
What did you think of Zeno’s paradox? And how are your bow changes? Let me know in the comments below.