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Things 4 Strings®  accessories help beginning string players around the globe enjoy head starts on their musical journeys, and they have done so since 2009. Top questions are answered here! 

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Length of Use?

Typical Lengths of Use of Things 4 Strings® bow accessories :

Bow hold learning time varies quite a bit from player to player.  

Each accessory may be removed and re-attached as necessary. 

Because these accessories have been designed to not preclude the natural points of contact between the fingers and the bow, continued use, even after no longer needed, will not impede further development of the players' bow hand technique.

Early use of our bow accessories re-allocates time previously devoted to bow hold exercises and corrections to the work of advancing more quickly through other beginning material.

While length of use varies, we recommended removing the accessory before spiccato.

Factors affecting length of use include student age,  experience and teacher preference:

Players using the accessory from Day One often find their bow hold has gone into muscle memory after just a few months.  

Otherwise, during the second or third book of a method, or during the second semester for older beginners, 

or during the second year for younger students are good times to remove the accessory. The very young may require a longer period of use. 

 

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What are Things 4 Strings® accessories made of?

Manufactured in the USA, Things 4 Strings® accessories are molded of the finest medical grade silicone rubber, which has the capability of easily stretching to accommodate varying diameters of bow sticks and wrappings, from fractionally-sized to full-sized bows.

The material is durable, latex-free, and even dishwasher-safe!

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What size violin / viola Things 4 Strings® bow accessory should I use?

Bow Hold Buddies® bow accessories in use by violinists of all ages

 

 

 

Things 4 Strings® accessories are indeed universal-fit, One Size Fits All, useful for both children (as young as three) and adult hands.  

The Bow Hold Buddies® set, if installed on the correct sized bow for the player, adjusts for a custom fit by sliding the Hold Fish® pinky support (included in the Bow Hold Buddies® set, and available seperately) along the bow stick to be up next to the ring finger.

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How is a Things 4 Strings® accessory an Exceptional Value?

Given that private lessons typically cost in excess of $1/minute, and typically many minutes of each lesson (sometimes for many years!) can be devoted to bow hold corrections rather than advancing through other materials or skills, the value a Things 4 Strings® accessory far exceeds the cost!

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Storing the Accessorized Violin or Viola Bow?

There are many makes and styles of cases, and just about all them can accommodate an accessorized bow. 

However, sometimes you have to be a bit creative. 

Most cases have two bow storage racks, and the rack that will NOT close opposite to the chin rest will usually work. 

Always close with extra care the first time, to make sure there is room. 

If there is not quite enough room, or, if accessory interferes with the bow clip/spinner, 

then simply abandon the rack system. 

Just lay the bow on the belly of the instrument (protected it with a blanket or cloth)

nestling the accessorized frog end of the bow into the scroll storage area. 

However, with some very small outfits, say 1/16ths,  

we find it just as easy to tuck the bow in the music tote bag after lessons.

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