Adding weight to Foam-a-lin

said: Jul 8, 2009
 8 posts

Hi, as I’m a parent I posted this in the parent forum, but thought the teachers might have some additional feedback.

We have been pre-twinkling with a Foam-a-lin. It’s been quite nice, except the Foam-a-lin is of course quite lighter than a real violin and it’s time to get used to the weight of the real deal. Does anyone have any clever ideas for weighting the Foam-a-lin so it feels more like a real violin?

From the parents forum, someone suggested a beanbag shoulder rest. That’s a nifty idea, but it applies weight directly over the shoulder—not quite like a real violin.

Thanks.

Laurel said: Jul 14, 2009
Laurel MacCullochViolin
Langley, BC
120 posts

You could make the beanbag a “chinrest” instead. You could also attach a cake of rosin onto the “scroll” with an elastic band.

Laurel

Jennifer Visick said: Jul 14, 2009
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

[stolen from an SAA journal article by a guitarist—originally an idea for counting repetitions]

For gradually getting heavier, I’m not sure if this would work (since I don’t recall how heavy each plastic monkey is)—go to a toy store and get a “Barrel of Monkeys” and start hanging them off the “scroll” one at a time until they reach the floor.

said: Jul 17, 2009
 8 posts

Great ideas! I’ve been using a strawberry huller held in place with a yellow set of plastic tweezers (like the kind you’d get in a bug kit or something). The strawberry huller is cute, but the whole setup is a little awkward and too heavy for my daughter. The monkeys sound like a lot more fun.

You must log in to post comments.

A note about the discussion forum: Public discussion forum posts are viewable by anyone. Anyone can read the forums, but you must create an account with your email address to post. Private forums are viewable by anyone that is a part of that private forum's group. Discussion forum posts are the opinion of the poster and do not constitute endorsement by or official position of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Please do not use the discussion forums to advertise products or services