My hair is slipping
Seems lately I’ve noticed that the hair on my bow has less "tooth" than it used to. I’ve noticed more of a tendency for the bow to skid on the strings, such that quick notes, especially on the e string, don’t sound before I’m on to the next note. To be sure, I’m playing faster than I once did, but still …
Here’s my question for TheSession’s fiddle brain trust: does bow hair lose its bite after being played a while? Is it necessary to rehair one’s bow at regular intervals? If so, how often do you rehair?
I’ve been playing pretty much every day for about 4 years on the same hair. I’ve tried all different kinds of rosin and strings and I have 5 different fiddles, but only the one (good quality) bow. It’s unlikely I can blame this problem on the rosin, the strings, or the instruments. So, is it me that’s slipping, or my hair?
Next time I have an opportunity, I’ll try out some different bows to see if I notice a difference in "bite".