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Better Skills, Greater Joy: Posts from our String Studio

Things 4 Strings® premium, patented string teaching tools (for violin, viola, cello, and French-style bow bass) are widely endorsed by top soloists, professionals, teachers, and students - and, sometimes, in the news!

"Bootsy" Joins Things 4 Strings LLC Team!

Just in time to help with shipping during this busy back-to-school season, "Bootsy" comes to us from the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in East Hanover, NJ. She is two years old, and enjoys wearing her tuxedo look fur coat to work everyday. She enjoys supervising the packing of every box heading to our world-wide distribution network. Her favorite product? Our new deeply discounted fish bowl of 24 violin and viola bow hand pinky finger supports, the Things 4 Strings® Studio Kit: Hold Fish®, of course!



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Meet Us in Beijing: PALM Show 2017


Come meet Things 4 Strings® accessories and our China Agent Jerrie Zhao!

Or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Fish Bowl of Value: Things 4 Strings Expands Popular Studio Kit Line


Responding to teacher demand, Things 4 Strings LLC announces the expansion of the discounted line of Studio Kits of its award-winning line of bow accessories.  Joining the popular boxed sets of either 12 Bow Hold Buddies® or 12 CelloPhants® accessories, the Things 4 Strings® Studio Kit: Hold Fish® provides a fish bowl of 24 Hold Fish® accessories for the support of the bow hand pinky finger of developing violin and viola players.  Offered in three color choices:  Bright Blue, Concert Black or Multi.  The accessories allow private studio and orchestra classroom teachers to optimize instruction time, tend to their student’s development of ergonomic bow technique, and realize cost savings of over 40%!  

Things 4 Strings® accessories allow beginning orchestral string players the benefits of a relaxed and effective bow hold right from their very first lesson. Eliminating the need for constant bow hold corrections, these learning aids speed players to better tone and bow control. Made in the USA, these accessories are molded of the finest medical-grade silicone rubber, are durable enough for years of use by many students, and are suitable for all bow and hand sizes.

Launched in 2009, Things 4 Strings® patented accessories have rapidly achieved popularity with studio and classroom teachers worldwide. "Your products are really wonderful. I think the fish is for every beginning student a must!"  said Nadya Canahuati, MM in Performance & String Pedagogy with Mimi Zweig.

Accessory inventor and studio teacher Ruth Brons has been honored for her work advancing strings education by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) with the prestigious Kudos Award. “A Things 4 Strings accessory dramatically reduce the time it takes students to master a proper bow hold. Students' energy can be redirected towards other challenges. Better skills, greater joy!” said Brons. 

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Things 4 Strings® "Healthy Playing - Healthy Studio" Booklet


Healthy Playing - Healthy Studio Booklet

This item is FREE WITH PURCHASE as resource to string teachers. Limit One Booklet per purchase.

Things 4 Strings LLC, in keeping with its core beliefs in an ergonomic approach to playing and teaching, announces a resource booklet for string teachers: Healthy Playing – Healthy Studio. The idea for the 24 page booklet sprang from a conversation between the mother-daughter string teaching team that developed Things 4 Strings® accessories, Ruth and Martha Brons, reflecting on their gratitude for the careful musical training they had received. Both have enjoyed long teaching and playing careers without injury, and, to the best of their knowledge, none of their students have injured themselves through playing either. “Healthy Playing – Healthy Studio” resource booklet is the result, with five articles addressing important aspects of a healthy studio, from the physical issues of body mapping and instrument set-up, to motivational issues of both the student and the teacher.


Healthy Playing - Healthy Studio

Body Mapping for String Players

     by Jennifer Johnson

From My Seat at the Cello

     by Martha Brons

Keeping Teacher Happy (and thus Vibrant and Healthy)

     by Eloise Hellyer

Preventing Violin/Viola Playing Injuries through Proper Set-up

     by Claire Stefani

Student Success through Goal Setting 

     by Ruth Brons


This item is FREE WITH PURCHASE as resource to string teachers.

Limit One Booklet per purchase.

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NAfME 2017 Biennial Eastern Division Conference

Come meet us in Atlantic City!

Ruth Brons will be at the Music & Arts Booth #202 in the Exhibit Hall.

Stop by to learn what's new with Things 4 Strings accessories, pick up your FREE copy of Things 4 Strings "Healthy Playing - Healthy Studio" booklet, or just to say "Hello!" 

And score a FREE tuner!


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