dowel rod child violin bow

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Candace Waterer said: Jan 1, 2013
 1 posts

Hi.
Do you have instructions on how to make a childs pre-twinkle practice bow out of a dowel rod? Thanks for your help!

Paula Bird said: Jan 4, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I bought some of those small size rubber bow grips and put on one end. I think I bought them at Shar. I don’t worry about the square frog piece.

Another option is to go to local violin shop and ask if they have and small size bows that are broken. Those Glässer bows frequently crack at the frog. The bow might be broken but still useable for box violinists. My shop gives them to me free. If there’s hair, I just cut it off.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
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Barb said: Jan 4, 2013
Barb Ennis
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Cello
678 posts

My teacher trainer’s instructions say the dowel (for cello) should be 18 inches long, and suggests either a 1x 3/8 x 1/2 ” piece of wood or an eraser instead of the wood, to be placed 3 inches from the end of the dowel.

I have been given broken violin bows by a local violin shop, so use those. I cut mine to 15 1/2 ” long (and taped over the cut end).

Barb
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Emily said: Dec 4, 2013
 59 posts

I found an article about the dowel bows. It also has some other exercises that can be used with things like toilet paper rolls. Here is the link. http://www.kasta.org/PDF/KASTASPRING2013.pdf

Emily Christensen
Music Teacher & Writer
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Sue Hunt said: Dec 5, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts
Andrew Bovington Pre Violins

Andrew Bovington Pre Violins. I’m starting my beginners on these. They are developed by Andrew Bovington in the UK. They are nice and lightweight and robust. Note that the 32nd and the 16th have the same body but a longer neck.

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Carol Gwen said: Dec 6, 2013
Carol Gwen Kiefer
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Violin, Viola
Washington Crossing, PA
76 posts

Sue, I love those! How much?

Sue Hunt said: Dec 7, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts

They were about £18 each.

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