The Bow Hold Buddies accessory set for violin and viola is an ingenious invention which helps beginners to stabilize their bow hold. 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’ part of the set is 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.
Available in; Bright Blue, Concert Black, Purple Raspberry, Sparkly pink.