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The Violinist @TheViolinBabe: .
For your information on our Summer courses:
We will use the violin bow buddies for all of our introductory violin and viola classes.
Laura Geissler, Teacher:
I used Bow Buddies with two of my violin students this past year. Both students had a lot of difficulty with position issues. Both right and left hand. Both also struggle with learning difficulties. I was needing to find the balance between helping them find enjoyment in their music, but also continuing to make progress with their technique. I found that the Bow Buddies very successfully stabilized their right hand, allowing me to focus on violin hold and making beautiful music.
With one student, the mother bubbled over with relief that she didn’t have to keep correcting the bow hand. It removed much conflict during practice at home. This student has a beautiful violin hold with the left hand that solidified this winter. I transitioned her off of the Bow Buddy for my spring recital. The transition was very easy and her bow hold is very nice. I am contemplating adding a corn pad just to give her a small reminder.
The other student is still on the bow buddy. He is enjoying his violin these days, which is great as I thought I might lose him as the violin was so difficult for him. There is still a lot of work to be done on the violin hold before I remove the Bow Buddy. I have never seen a child with such tense/frozen muscles. He used to shudder whenever he placed his violin and bow in position. One of his accomplishments this year is that the shudder rarely appears. As he relaxes, he is enjoying playing music more. He has a good ear for critiquing his own sound. This is becoming a motivating factor to correct posture. I don’t see moving away from a bow aid in the near future. On this child, it has helped to stabilize the bow hold well enough to focus on other important issues that we still need to finish.
I like to teach a proper bow hold w/o an aid to my students. However, I am firmly a supporter of this product for students who have those extra needs. It allows the bow hand to stabilize while other aspects of technique are taught.
Jacoline Schott, Teacher, Geneve, Switzerland:
I started using the bow hold buddies a few weeks ago, and I am soo relieved,
I don’t have to nag anymore any of my students to keep a right bow hold.
Now we can concentrate on other things,
and progress faster.
I highly recommend it,
especially for beginners,
or as remedial work for poor bow holds.
I will use it with all new student also.
It saves months of work on bow hold.
And kids just love it.
Rebecca Edmondson, Conners Emerson School:
These are great learning tools and would be put to good use in my grade 2 violin class!
Karoline, Parent in Germany: Hello,
My 8 year old doughter played with a fish yesterday at the
Konservatorium Georg Friedrich Händel,
and she did very well.
As your bow hold buddies are not common in Germany you might be
interested to make a contact to the conservatorium in Halle-Saale and
sent them information about the buddies ;-)
Most of the younger teachers in the jury seemed to be interested, the
older one did not like such modern stuff, but 100 years ago a shoulder
rest was modern stuff too and now it´s common use and 200 years ago a
chin rest was modern sh#% ;-)
Response from: Claire Stefani, Things 4 Strings LLC Export Liaison
Thank you so much for your message and your enthusiasm for our product line.
Indeed we would be very happy to be in touch with ANY music conservatory faculty member teaching beginner students,
as we are certain it would make their life easier, their teaching time more profitable, and their students happier !!
If you have any specific contact to pass on to me to secure this information, I would be happy to follow up.
It is not always easy to disseminate information within any music school, but we are quite active on social media and do have a German distributor able to service any store in the country with any of our products.
It takes determination to mold old traditions efficiently, but team work does help to make it happen.
So thank you for being in our team !!
Jen Hickle, School Director, Signature School of Music:
I always send my new string students to you!
Your links are on my website. :-)
Laura Mozena, Teacher, Florida:
When I use bow hold helpers I make sure to follow through with the end result which is being able to hold the bow without assistance.
I love Ruth Bron’s BowHold Buddies because all the fingers are only touching the bow not the accessory so when it is removed the hand placement is the same.
My adult student in the UK used one of your magic bow hold buddies!
Greetings now from Philadelphia,
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