"There's a Song in the Air" on the Bowed Psaltery by Brenda Mangan

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Comment by Brenda Mangan on January 4, 2017 at 12:03pm

Thank you, Nozomi,

I value your comments. My greatest learning tool has been to watch others whom I admire playing. I study what I see to understand why a certain bowing sequence was used and how I can use it to improve my playing. You, Nozomi, have been a real inspiration to me and one I watch to learn a great deal. 

Thank you for all that you share here on Psaltery strings.

Warm regards, ~Brenda

Comment by Nozomi Nose on January 4, 2017 at 2:20am

I feel very honored to read that you made the bowing of this video from what I am doing.
I played There Is A Song in the Air both with one bow and two bows, and yes, “the beautiful sing” part is much more smooth with two bows as you mentioned.
I, too, love the background Christmas tree you took the video with.

Comment by Brenda Mangan on January 1, 2017 at 3:52pm

Thank you, Dave. This bowing technique leans towards the Japanese style that I see Nozomi Nose using. I enjoy watching others to learn different styles of bowing. In this piece, this style works very well because of the alternating notes. As in the opening, the song starts D, E, D very quickly, so one bow stays on the D while the other plays the E, so you have much less "jumping around" of the bows than if one bow was used. It gives just that little bit of extra smoothness. Also, using the alternating bows for the arpeggio at the "beautiful sing" part, again, results in just a bit more smoothness in the piece. 

Also, yes, the artsy part of me likes to choose a nice back ground for my videos, and a Christmas tree, in my opinion, is a grand choice .

Comment by Dave Holeton on January 1, 2017 at 10:23am

Very nice Brenda.  This year I hope to work on the bowing technique that you demonstrate in this song.  Also, maybe I'll record something in front of the Christmas tree in December, which is a very effective backdrop.


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