- (in bowing on a stringed instrument) a stroke toward the heel of the bow: indicated in scores by the symbol V (opposed to down-bow).
Origin of up-bow
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for up-bow
And the violinist should never think: 'I must play this up-bow or down-bow.'Violin Mastery
Frederick H. Martens
In commencing the study of staccato bowing it is well to confine oneself to the up-bow form at first.The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
The octave higher commences with an up-bow, the action being exactly reversed until the heel is reached.
The staccato may be played with the down-bow, the wrist and arm movements being simply the reverse of those in the up-bow.
The up-bow may also be used in like manner, commencing at the point and finishing near the heel, the movements being reversed.
- a stroke of the bow from its tip to its nut on a stringed instrumentCompare down-bow
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