Suzuki teacher looking for feedback

Paul Reynolds said: Oct 25, 2013
 7 posts

Hello teachers, parents,
I’ve been teaching for about 20 years now and have been most frustrated with collapsed wrists. I’m not selling anything, but looking for feedback on an evolving idea i have been working on. If you have a minute you might find it interesting. I keep changing the design of this thing to get it just right. Thanks for your thoughts and I hope to see you at the next convention! Here’s the site … Its Still kinda rough. Thanks, Paul Reynolds string professor, Middlebury college. :).

Claudia Ferguson said: Oct 29, 2013
Claudia Ferguson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
San Antonio, TX
4 posts

That looks really interesting. I love seeing new gadgets that help students hold and play the violin easier. What material is it made out of? What are some of the comments of your students who have used it?

Claudia Ferguson, Violin/Viola Teacher
San Antonio Suzuki Violin School
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Phankao said: Oct 30, 2013
Phankao WanPiano, Viola, Violin
128 posts

How is this secured on?

When my boy was younger, I used a ruler.

JoAnn said: Oct 30, 2013
 Violin, Viola
20 posts

I am wondering if you are making these in different sizes? the one pictured is very large and may help a large person with a full sized violin- but this would be even more helpful for children just starting with smaller violins.

I am a bit wary of having a child get used to touching anything with the wrist in first position, as this might possibly just make them want to cave in the wrist to touch the violin when it is removed, but I don’t know if that is true or not. If it really helps to aid them to strengthen the fingers without feeling they have to grip the thumb or change the hand position I am all for it!

I like the idea of using it as an aid in starting hand vibrato in first position- I like the shape and the way it is attached- just wondering about the sizes.


Sue Hunt said: Oct 31, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts

I’m wondering how this can be customised as some small violins have different neck lengths.

When I have run through my repertoire of metaphors, I resort to using an paperclip opened to 90º and taped under the neck.

Phankao said: Oct 31, 2013
Phankao WanPiano, Viola, Violin
128 posts

I looked thru your whole website but still can’t imagine how this helps with vibrato?

Sue Hunt said: Nov 1, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts

It doesn’t, but it sure helps to stop collapsing wrists.

Phankao said: Nov 2, 2013
Phankao WanPiano, Viola, Violin
128 posts

Oh Ok.

Edmund Sprunger said: Nov 5, 2013
Edmund SprungerTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Saint Louis, MO
97 posts

Wrists collapse because the fingers don’t know how to drop and lift. The best thing to do for collapsed wrists is to practice bouncing “on the high mark” (i.e. half way up the string in fifth position) and to develop the ability to move the fingers. Then, I find that the wrist takes care of itself.

Edmund Sprunger

Deirdre Motherway said: Nov 12, 2013
Deirdre MotherwaySuzuki in the Schools, Violin
5 posts

Anything that I used as a barrier to stop my little boys wrist collapsing caused his whole left hand to tense up and still didn’t fix his thumb position. When I fixed his thumb position from pointing towards the scroll to a more relaxed and upward position, his wrist naturally fell into the right position.

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