Bow Buddies

Eleanor Bennett said: Nov 11, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

Has anyone tried out the Bow Buddies? Any comments?

Eleanor Bennett

said: Nov 11, 2011
 145 posts

Yes, I think theyre brilliant so far.
I have all my young pupils using them.
Their hands stay in a beautifully relaxed position and generally all my pupils like them.
I have had one pupils who is 7 and she really didnt want to use it, she thought it was babyish. She is a partucularly awkward child though.
I think the only problem Ive had is that my pupils find it awkward to do pizzicato with it on the bow.
I would highly recommend the product.

Martha Yasuda said: Nov 11, 2011
Martha Yasuda
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Smyma, GA
7 posts

Hi Eleanor,

Looks like we are practically neighbors, eh? [I may have met you or spoken to you on the phone at some point—please forgive my memory challenges…!]

I highly recommend the Bow Hold Buddies. Several of my older students that were having a difficult time holding the bow for various reasons have been able to develop very fine bowholds—I was at my wits end!! As a result of watching their success, I have tried them out also with some younger students and experienced a similar result. This product helps to mold the correct spacing that the fingers should have and also helps to give the bow a heavier feeling at the frog. Kids love the colors. I generally stay away from “gadgets”, but enjoy the fact that less time is wasted during the lesson trying to fix the bowhold.

Sincerely,

Martha Yasuda www.yasudamusic.com

Alissa said: Nov 11, 2011
Alissa Rieb
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
61 posts

I had an adult cello student who used the cellophant due to arthritis in her hand. It made all the difference. Haven’t used it with little guys. I’d be interested in experiences after taking them off. How long did you use them?

Eleanor Bennett said: Nov 11, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

I’m just trying them out now.  The frog part seems a little large but the fish for the pinky seems to be working well


Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Bennett said: Nov 11, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

Thanks Martha.  I think I met you at a Suzuki Play In.  Didn’t you write some new harmonies for the songs?


Eleanor Bennett

Martha said: Nov 12, 2011
Martha Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
12 posts

As its inventor, I have been using the CelloPhant® bow accessory the longest. They have been manufactured a little over two years now. I had a few prototypes somewhat earlier.
The youngest students in my studio class of 30 cellists have profited the most.
The CelloPhant® is installed on the bow before it is presented to them. We start with sitting and holding the instrument games. I place the bow on the D string, then allow the student’s relaxed hand to softly hold the bow. The only requirement is that the index finger is on the stick, not the elephant. We then make the bow say “Mississippi Hot Dog”, to everyone’s delight.
Curiously, when I designed the CelloPhant®, I thought the thumb would actually touch the intersection of the frog and the stick. Now it seems better to me just to let the young student, under 6, find a comfortable spot often just under the elephant’s chin.
My students have been leaving the CelloPhant® on their bows until Book 3 or so. I like to make this change when I will see them regularly, as the thumb may have to be dealt with at that time. They can always go back on, if there are problems.
Students who did not CelloPhant® initially have also have had good success with establishing better bow holds.
I totally love not having to repeatedly correct the bow hold every other minute during these early books. It gives me time for the other 600 or so things I need to teach.

Martha Yasuda said: Nov 12, 2011
Martha Yasuda
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Smyma, GA
7 posts

Yes, Eleanor. I totally remember meeting you now! It was at the play-in for Gloria Jacobson and others at a church in Decatur. And yes, I think I did show you some of my books that I am arranging which include many of the Suzuki songs in them. If you want to see or hear small samples, you can find them on the website. I also have some great books for Christmas. I am especially proud of my newest Christmas book, Duets Cubed, which has three levels of difficulty for the second violinist. Please call if you’d ever like to share teaching ideas or even get together for lunch since we aren’t that far away!

Regards, Martha

Jennifer Visick said: Nov 12, 2011
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Eleanor Bennett said: Nov 15, 2011
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

sounds great.  We need to communicate another way than the Suzuki discussion page, however.


Eleanor Bennett

Martha Yasuda said: Nov 16, 2011
Martha Yasuda
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Smyma, GA
7 posts

Well taken and true indeed.

Eleanor Bennett said: May 21, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

I have been using the Bow Buddie with my violin students with great success. There is one problem, however. When the Frog is on the bow, it won’t fit into most violin cases. Really don’t want to take it off every time they finish playing. I thought about purchasing some mailing tubes to keep the bow safe. Any ideas?
Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Bennett

Ruth Brons said: May 21, 2012
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

From the FAQ page of our website:

Will my bow with the Bow Hold Buddies™ bow accessory installed still fit in my instrument case?
Regarding the Bow Hold Buddies™ accessory:
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.
If the case has a choice of two storage racks, 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, 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.

Regarding the CelloPhant® accessory:
Most student cellists have soft cloth cases where the bow stows into an outside bow-pocket. The accessory does not usually fit all the way into these pockets, but will fit in enough that the rubber of the accessory will grab the edges of the pocket enough that the bow will not be in danger of accidentally slipping out. Hard cello cases usually have ample storage room inside, although sometimes a rubber-band modification might be necessary to hold the bow in place. Some players wraps the bow in a cloth and store it under the cello fingerboard.

Laura said: Jul 1, 2012
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Palm City, FL
105 posts

I haven’t tried the bow buddy, but I do use the Bow Master with my students and I LOVE it! It makes the bow hold a lot easier to teach to young students and also helps older students if they have trouble with their fingers slipping. It is available in Small, Medium and Large. And is a very low price (I think).

Visit: www.YourMusicSupply.com Specializing in Suzuki

Martha said: Jul 1, 2012
Martha Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
12 posts

Thank you for your interest in BowHold Buddies®.
There are separate bow accessories for violin and for cello.
My invention for cello is theCelloPhant®.
My daugher’s invention for the violin is the BowHold Buddies®.
It consists of two parts that can be adjusted for any size hand.
For more information, please see the Things4Strings.com website.

said: Jul 4, 2012
 145 posts

I have tried the bow master recently just for curiosity. I didn’t like it nearly as much as the bow buddies. It was much cheaper but I don’t think I’ll be using it and certainly won’t buy any more.Just one thing—i would like it if the black bow buddy was available in the UK as my pupils like that colour the best! Thanks

Ruth Brons said: Jul 4, 2012
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

Thanks to more and more teachers and students asking their local violin shops to carry or order in Things 4 Strings™ accessories, purchasing options are expanding weekly.
While www.Things4Strings.com ships all over the world
[with FREE USPS First Class shipping as an option for USA orders, except for Alaska and Hawaii],
please support your local violin shop whenever possible—our string world depends on them!
On our Where to Buy page we now have over 75 dealers listed across 12 countries, including two shops in the United Kingdom.

Martha Yasuda said: Jul 5, 2012
Martha Yasuda
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Smyma, GA
7 posts

Appreciating all your hard work, Ruth and Martha, to make Bow Hold Buddies accessible across the world! I continue to use this product successfully in my studio.

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