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Music China 2017: Shanghai New International Expo Center, October 11 - 14


Meet us in Shanghai!

Music China 2017: Shanghai will gather together over 130,000 instrument importers, dealers, distributors, retailers, music schools & academies, orchestras and musicians!

Meet Things 4 Strings® accessories with our president and inventor, violin teacher Ruth Brons, and China Agent, Jerrie Zhao at Location W1E74. We are most honored to have been invited to share a booth with VSA (Violin Society of America) Gold Medalist bow maker Long Gen Chen. Please stop by to say hello!

Things 4 Strings® accessories allow beginning orchestral string players the benefits of a relaxed and effective bow hold. Students enjoy producing bowed tones right from their very first lesson, and, with no need for constant bow hold corrections, string teachers and parents optimize valuable instruction and practice time. Made in the USA, these accessories are molded of the finest medical-grade silicone rubber, are durable and washable, and are universal-fit for players aged 3 through adult on any size bow.

Accessory inventor and studio teacher Ruth Brons was honored for her work advancing strings education by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) with the prestigious Kudos Award. “Bow Hold Buddies dramatically reduce the time it takes students to master a relaxed and effective bow hold. Students' energy can be redirected towards other challenges. Quicker progress, more fun!” said Brons.

Launched in 2009, Things 4 Strings® patented accessories have rapidly achieved popularity with studio and classroom teachers worldwide. “For those who can already play, the necessary bow hold corrections are done very quickly. They practice with the bow hold buddies at home, and the new habits form effortlessly. For beginners, they provided an easy and safe introduction to an excellent bow hold. I have been known to be skeptical with regard to gadgets - but not here. These Bow Hold Buddies (and Cellophants) work great, and we will keep using them!” said Kurt Sassmannshaus, String Dept. Chair, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

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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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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 product....it'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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