For me, it's more about the distance between consecutive notes. So if you have a farther distance to go be ready to use the other bow so you won't have that small gap jumping from one note to the other. Definitely use the same bow if it is on the same note. For instance if you watch my video of "Let it Snow" you might see what I mean. It starts on "C" and then jumps to the "C" an octave up and you can see I use the other bow to make the jump. But, simply using every other bow for each note is often more cumbersome to do when the notes are closer together. You can go to my youtube channel and see more examples, "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" in particular, shows using the 2 bows to help with jumps for faster playing. Also, if a part in the music is 2 notes alternating back and forth, keep the one bow on one note and the other bow on the other for that sequence.
I hope this helps a little. Each person develops their own techniques and this is mine.
Linda, glad it helped some. So far I was just doing "performance" in my videos and I hoped you could kind of see what I was talking about in them. You have inspired me to maybe do a video to show the technique, slow it down and talk through some bow movements. That will have to be after Christmas break though. I plan to put up a few more Christmas songs on my youtube channel in the next few days; I will try to have my videographer (my daughter) to show the bowing more.
Enjoy your bowed psaltery! And have a Merry Christmas!
I'm looking forward to seeing more videos from you, Brenda. A video showing your bowing technique would be great.....as well as more performance videos. Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas!
Thank you Debbie! I'll be putting some more on my youtube channel. And a very Merry Christmas to you, too!
So glad you are finding it fun. Slow and steady does it.
The little "leg block" is something a friend of mine made for me. He has said he is willing to make more and charge $15 which would include shipping. Let me know if you are interested. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org