The Bow Hold Buddie accessory set for violin and viola is an ingenious and revolutionary invention to help shape and stabilize bow holds– moving beginning players to a functional bow hold in an Instant! The accessories train the hand to hold the bow correctly and naturally, through muscle memory, thereby freeing the player to learn and enjoy other elements of string playing.
While violin bow technique varies a bit among fine players, all agree the primary lack in the violin bow hold is lack of tension, balance and control. The good news is that the Bow Hold Buddies bow accessory instantly positions and supports all the fingers of the bow hold!
The thumb hood of the ‘Frog Frog’, which is included in the set, directs the inside corner of the thumb tip to the intersection of the frog and stick.
The rim of the thumb hood strongly encourages the thumb to remain bent and flexible.
The middle finger is directed to oppose the thumb.
The ‘Hold Fish’ pinky support directs the tip of the pinky to slightly to the rear of the top of the stick. The sloped walls of the pinky-tip opening allow for finger flexibility. The accessory securely slides along the stick, to rest next to ring finger. This placement allows for the points of contact of the index and pinky fingers to be equidistant to that of the thumb.
The Bow Hold Buddies accessory set for violin and viola includes both the ‘Frog Frog’ and ‘Hold Fish’. The Hold fish is also available on its own
The accessory does not preclude the normal points of contact with the stick; it simply prevents the thumb, index and pinky fingers from wandering out of position. With these three fingers in place and in control of the stick, the middle two fingers, hand and bow arm are more relaxed and ready to learn those beginning bow strokes.
The Bow Hold Buddie accessory set for violin and viola is ideal for:
- Beginners, young and old to enjoy the rewards of playing sooner, and progress though lesson material faster, because less time is spent on bow hold corrections.
- Continuing players have found these accessories very useful for remedial work.
- Therapists have found many special applications for players with physical challenges in their bow hand.
- Great for Suzuki Violin, Viola & Cello students, traditional private lesson students, school orchestra programs, and self -learners. Universal-Fit, for all beginning players, ages 3 to 103!
Available in Concert black, sparkly pink, bright blue, green/gold and raspberry.
Bow Hold Buddie Teacher endorsements:
“I can’t tell you enough how handy the bow buddies are in beginning strings!! I had a class of 16 today and just popped them right on the bows and BOOM! Holds were perfect” — Jaime Chavan, Middle/High School Strings:
“This is a terrific learning aid and I can’t recommend it too highly. I also find that when their right hand is relaxed, it’s much easier for their left one to stop clutching the fingerboard in a death grip. KUDOS!” — Donna Hébert, Fiddler & Teacher.
How to install the Bow Hold Buddie:
How to use the Bow Hold Buddie: