|Product Dimensions||15.24 x 2.54 x 12.7 cm; 23 Grams|
|Item Model Number||BS1-44|
|Item Weight||23 g|
Bow-Right for 3/4 - 4/4 Violin - Teaching Tool and Training Accessory
|Price:||+ $7.21 Delivery|
- 1. For use with 3/4 - 4/4 violin - AVAILABLE FOR ALL SIZE VIOLINS
- 2. Made in the USA - Tried and true for over 30 years, Bow-Right is the durable, original bow straightener!
- 3. Safe for use on any violin and preserves the instrument's F sound hole - NYLON FITTINGS (NOT PBS)
- 4. Work for Violins up to 13 inches Attaches easily, and in seconds! Folds neatly into any violin case
- 5. Self teaching bow guide recommended by teachers and professionals. Perfect for student and beginners learning to Bow-Right.
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Bow-Right for 3/4 - 4/4 Violin - Teaching Tool and Training Accessory - Available to fit violins from 1/4 through 1/2 size, the Bow-Right is the perfect tool for developing a sound bow technique. Stainless steel guides encourage straight bowing and correct wrist action. Metal guides attach easily with PBS plastic fittings.
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Must for new violinist
I will describe our experience so you can decide for yourself if this a road you want to head down.
My son is an intermediate level player who has played for 6 years. He never had his bow technique properly worked on by his teachers, and now he has a great left hand, but problems with the sound he produces because he tends to saw his bow all over the place. If you have the same problem, then you will understand exactly what I mean. He also turns his bow inwards and outwards as he saws his bow over the fingerboard.
We had to try to use this as a last resort - he loves to play and gets into the music and is having a ton of trouble correcting his bow hand with his new teacher. I decided to purchase this unit to try to help him as he is getting very frustrated.
The bow right can indeed scratch the finish of your violin. It is a hard plastic that can rub the varnish. We don't particularly care right now because he is in a smaller violin that he will grow out of, but this is really of concern. It has a relatively narrow gate that allows the bow to travel in. This causes him trouble because he gets super concerned about scratching the finish of the bow. The hairs on his bow also can get caught in the plastic holders where the metal gates attach, and he has ripped some of his hairs. He got really freaked out about this because he is careful with his violin. I had to tell him not to worry about that - I would rather buy him a new bow and not be worried about a little marring of the finish of the varnish and get him to learn proper bow position, than have a perfect looking violin and a bad bow hand.
This all is great if it really took care of all the issues associated with bow placement. Unfortunately, it doesn't. What it does do is force the player to restrict bow movement in a specific area on the strings, keeping the bow perpendicular to the strings. That is good - actually that it does great, and is where the value of this tool excels.
The problem is that bow position is related to any number of other issues. Including position of the violin on the shoulder - in my son's case, it turned out that he lifts the violin high on his shoulder, making his short arm too short to fully extend his bow unless he repositions his violin in front of him more. We wouldn't have really realized that this was a problem until we used the bow right because he simply could not play with the bow right. He was knocking the sides of the bow so badly into the gates that it was a huge problem, and frustrated him beyond belief. So...he is now working on all kinds of other positioning changes to optimize his playing so that his bow technique can finally be corrected. He is using the bow right, and I am hoping that this all works out in the end. It also does not help with a player who turns the bow inwards and outwards as they play when they are not intending to do so.
Bottom line - you should understand that there are many causes of bowing position problems, and this tool is useful to try to figure out ways to improve technique that will ultimately allow one to stay properly within the gate. It probably is not a one stop shop that will solve all your problems - it will however not allow you to play with your bow sawing all over the place, so the urgency to work on one's positioning will be absolute - you will HAVE to fix your positioning to use it. And the bow right does not teach you positioning - you have to have a teacher help you with that or you have to be resourceful enough to figure it out on your own.
Hope this helps you figure out if this might be helpful to you! Best of luck!
Upshot: Educational on first use, but won't fix the core problem. You'll still have to resort to a mirror or video, even if you do use it with the product on.