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#BowHoldBuddies @ ESTA UK Summer School: "Easier for all of our students to enjoy their beginnings!"

Many thanks to our UK distributor, for presenting Things 4 Strings bow accessories so well at last week's European String Teachers Association UK (ESTA) Summer School. Many teachers there optimize instruction time and speed progress by using our bow hold helpers with every beginner. Violin teacher Elena Crocker (CAIS Lisbon) sent along this lovely student pic and note below: 

That little boy is my son Kai J.
At our school we have purchased several of the classroom kits through the Portuguese luthiers that have businesses with Valles Trade. I was so happy to see it advertised at the musical fair at the ESTA UK Summer School for String Teachers! I highly recommended it, and said that at CAISL it is used in our beginning string orchestras and by a handful of little ones that take lessons with me at school. It has made it a lot easier for all of our students to enjoy their beginnings in the world of bowed string instruments.
I hope it gets wider distribution in Europe!
Best regards,

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Adjustable Cello Bench Plans

by Martha Brons

For those with a little woodworking skill, below are construction plans for an adjustable cello bench (such as the left two benches in the front row in the picture above) that I have used with many young and growing students over the years years.  Student success really starts with being able to sit properly! Read more about this in my blog post From My Seat at the Cello,  published both on this blog and in our Healthy Playing - Healthy Studio Booklet. 

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More China Violin Class Pics!

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It's Actually Pretty Amazing!

Maddie, age 3, shows off beautiful bow hold and Things 4 Strings® Bow Hold Buddies® set in Purple Raspberry!

From Suzanne:
We received the Bow Hold Buddy in the mail yesterday. Great's actually pretty amazing how it causes her to hold the bow just perfectly. Her teacher is so happy!


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Little Turtle Cello Bench Review


by Martha Brons

Little Turtle Cello Benches

Finding the right size chair for your young cellist to use is very important for learning the instrument. 
I have long used adjustable benches, as children are expected to keep on growing. 
My own bench directions have been used many times.

The Little Turtle Cello Bench, available on Etsy, has so many special things going for it. 

  • The seat is slightly tilted, making it easier for the child to sit with tall back.
  • There is an optional adjustable back, to keep little bottoms from sitting too far back.
  • This bench is fairly light weight, made of Baltic plywood.
  • There is a nice hand hold on the bottom brace for ease of carrying.
  • The adjustable endpin stop is attached, so never gets lost. It even has a magnet to keep it from tangling.

This wonderful little bench comes in two sizes.  The SMALL fits a child 4 years, and even younger, for the tiniest beginner.  The LARGE would work well for students using ¼ German size cellos through ¾, I think.


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