Bass Musician Magazine - 8th Anniversary Issue with Stu Hamm - Page 79

When it arrived, I giggled with glee; it was a Thursday, and I was starting the final 5 shows of “Crazy for You,” so this was perfect timing. From looking on the website, a lighter rosin was recommended (which is what I use anyway) so I grabbed a cake of Petz and went to the theatre. The Finger Bow has a velco enclosure that is meant to slip on your ring finger. The reason behind this goes back to Tony Levin. “Being a fan of Tony Levin and his “Funk Fingers” and how they attach to your fingers, got me thinking about bow design and new ways of approaching playing with a bow, and the possibility of mixing bowing with fingerstyle at the same time.” Initially it took a second to get used to this, but once I did, it was very easy. Hold it for arco, and when you don’t want it, release your grip and the Finger Bow glides from playing to holding position. Being familiar with both French and German bow grips, I found that when I was using the bow I was doing a modified French grip, but once the bow released it was more of the German grip. I also found that, because of the smaller size of the Finger Bow, switching between arco an d pizz (something that is a staple in musical theatre) was a breeze.