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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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News from Pune, India: Parent Deservedly Proud of Daughter!

Here's the photo of the happy user. :-)

That's Anaaya, my 7 year old, practicing her violin with her brand new Bow Hold Buddies.
Thanks Things4Strings.
Best Regards
Ashish Rathi
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The excitement before the violin recital....

is palpable in this beautiful picture! I am sure the music was lovely! I especially love the interested tilt of the boy's head as he looks on to see if she's got it just right. Thank you, Jerrie Zhao, Things 4 Strings China Sales Agent, for sending us for sending this lovely pic!


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Bow Squares!

Amy Beshara, Suzuki Violin Program Instructor of theCenter for the Preparatory Arts

(John J. Calli School of Music, Montclair State University) writes:

"I can take a picture on my iphone and draw a square to show them the bow square. 

They love it!"

Try it with your own students, with the an app such the iOS app called Inkboard!


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CelloPhant® Accessory for Very Young Hands Too!

The bow provides the breath of tone for string players.  While cello bow technique varies widely among fine players, all agree a primary focus of the cello bow hold is lack of tension, and a flexible thumb and fingers. 

The good news is that the CelloPhant® accessory instantly relaxes and supports the fingers of the bow hold! 

The various anatomical features of the elephant, such as toenails and legs, allow the cellist to feel reference points, for consistent bow holds from practice to practice.

The size of the accessory allows an open, relaxed hand, and the circle of the elephant's trunk directs a flexible thumb toward the intersection of the frog and stick, with alternate placements if desired.

Teachers appreciate the flexible-use design of this accessory, allowing for differences of pronation, depending on their own bow technique and student hand size. The accessory is useful for all hand sizes, age 3 through Adult.

Teachers of very young cellists have discovered the special features Martha Brons designed in the accessory for the very youngest Suzuki cello students: an alternate thumb location is to roll thumb tip around elephant's cheek (or between cheek and ear); and young ring fingers like to rest on the top edge of the elephant's leg.  Best tone results when the bow is rested on the string before the right hand is placed.

The accessory also is designed to deliberately add a touch of weight to assist beginning players to achieve a bit more effortless tone -- more tone with which to fall in love!Invented by master string teachers, award-winning Things 4 Strings® bow accessories help shape and stabilize bow holds – moving beginning players to a functional bow hold in an Instant!

The accessories uniquely train the hand to hold the bow correctly and naturally, through muscle memory, thereby freeing the player to learn and enjoy other elements of string playing.

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