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Hinged bow lets any violin player sound like a quartet

• by Loz Blain

An Australian master archetier, or bow-maker, has built a simple device that allows violinists to easily alternate between a regular-playing bow and one that's capable of playing five-note chords.

The bridge of a violin is curved, and thus the strings don't sit in line with one another as they do on a guitar. This allows violinists to vary the angle of their bow to isolate each of the strings for expressive single-note playing or to play two strings at once when it's time to get a hoedown happening. If you really jam the bow down on the strings and bend it, you might be able to hit three strings at once.