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Cowan's Classics with Rob Cowan 7pm - 9pm
12 February 2018, 16:46
Listen to those amazing double-stops and harmonies, and that bagpipe-esque drone. Basically, it’s awesome and you should definitely try this at home (just don’t break all your bow hairs).
Violinist Niall Murphy has discovered that if you loosen the hairs on your violin bow and play it backwards, you can create a really beautiful sound.
Double stops are a struggle for most violinists at the best of times, but with convex, slack bow hairs, it becomes much easier to cover at least two strings at the same time.
Niall also manages to keep a bass note going that continues throughout the melody, creating a steady drone that sounds like bagpipes.
‘Amazing Grace’ now sounds more like a Highlands folk song than a hymn!