Whos tried these bow buddies ?

said: May 27, 2010
 145 posts

I’m thinking of trying them out. I’d appreciate some feed back about them. Thanks

Jennifer Visick said: May 27, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

one of the other teachers in my program ordered some and tried them out on some of her violin students. One of these students was in my group class last semester and I asked him about it. He seemed indifferent (but then, that may have been due to needing to look “cool” in class); his bow hold did look fairly good with it on the bow.

After a while I noticed that he was coming to class with just the “pinky” half of it on. Being in a group situation I wasn’t really able to assess the effect of it on his bow hold “before” and “after”.

From what I felt when I was tuning his instrument, I feel for myself that the upper half seemed too big (too wide) compared to the “home” position of my own fingers on the bow. However I do like to use (and teach) having fingers closer together on the bow than some other teachers I know. So for my part, I would be interested in seeing the upper half at least come in smaller sizes (so that the space between first and second fingers can be narrower, depending on the “natural” amount of space between fingers in a student’s relaxed hand).

This seems to be the sort of thing that I might use for a short time for some students in order to force “set up” a generally OK bow hold while I work with other things, but I would want this off the bow when the student and I are actually working on finding and refining a good basic bow hold that fits that student’s hands.

said: May 27, 2010
 145 posts

Thankyou that’s a really intetesting reply.would they be suitable for very young Suzuki violinists….. 3 year olds ?

Jennifer Visick said: May 30, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Susan said: Jun 7, 2010
 Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Bass, Cello, Viola
16 posts

I liked the feel of the cello buddy very well, but I only have one cello student, so i couldn’t justify buying one. I have a violin/viola one, and first impression is that the pinky part holds my pinky too vertically somehow. I need to play using it more, though. I could see them being very useful with a student who really struggles with assuming & holding onto any version of a conventional bowhold.

Kristina said: Jul 16, 2010
Kristina Turner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
1 posts

I’ve found the bow buddies to be quite helpful with a student who had weak, double-jointed fingers. She was able to stop using the frog and use just the fish and then work her way off of that as well.

said: Jul 17, 2010
 145 posts

I bought one bow buddy and then I bought 2 more. I lend them out to my pupils.I think they are really brilliant.I
love the feel of them.I think if I had to think of anything not so good about them would be that it’s a little heavy for younger pupils.my sister bought an cellophant and also thinks it’s really excellent.

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