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I got this to help my daughter, who is an intermediate violinist who has been playing for several years, mostly in school orchestra classes where not much attention was paid to her bow hold. She tends to hold the bow angled toward her instead of away, and doesn’t extend her arm enough when she is playing in the upper half of the bow, meaning she bows all over the place, often over the fingerboard. I have been trying to help her break these habits but she is a bit resistant to suggestions and it’s certainly hard for anyone to change ingrained behaviors.
I got this bow hold buddy thinking, well, it might help somewhat if her bow hold is the underlying issue, but I didn’t have high expectations for it, due to how long my daughter has already been playing. But within five minutes (after some minor complaints about it being awkward, but it really isn’t bad once you have it set up right), she was already playing with long, straight, controlled bow strokes. Amazing! Swapping back and forth with another bow gave her the feedback she needed to hold the non-buddy bow properly. I expect we will do this exercise multiple times in the future but I was surprised how effective a single 20-minute session was.
One note: this seems to be a very safe device to install on a bow, but it’s not something you’ll want to install and uninstall frequently because you have to unscrew the bow pin to install it (our bow doesn’t have too many pin removals left in its lifetime). When the buddy is installed, the bow won’t fit properly in the case as the buddy is rather bulky. We are lucky to have two bows so I’ve temporarily assigned one as the buddy bow and left it out of the case, but that might not work for everyone.
WARNING: This only works if you are able to remove the frog of your violin to install it. The frog on my son's violin doesn't come off, so this was a $30 mistake and waste of money. They should anticipate that BEGINNERS won't know that not all violin bows will be compatible with this before selling them a $30 piece of plastic.
Additional, I was able to get this on a different bow (that is too big and heavy for my son to use), but found that it's impossible to put a bow securely in a case with this attached. So you would have to disassemble your bow to remove it to put the bow away, then disassemble the bow and reattach it and readjust it (NOT easy) every time you wanted to play. There have to be better solutions than this. I can't believe I just paid $30 for a piece of useless plastic.
Editing this down to a 1 when I remembered that I contacted the company directly for support and never heard a peep. This is a true scam.
I’m in my sixties and arthritis has made it impossible for me to hold a bow properly. My hand adjusted to the grip immediately, with a perfect balance to the bow. Personally, I would prefer that it not be shaped like a frog, I imagine it’s entertaining to children, but if people knew about this product I’d be willing to bet there would be a good market for it in the geriatric set! That said, I almost didn’t order one due to the price. I think $12-$15 would be about right. I know I would order one for each of my bows, but I can’t afford to at the current price.
Hi, When I purchase item from Amazon, I very rely on the customer review. Therefore, I try to give honest, realistic review for next customer. My kids started playing viola and violin since 8,9 years old. While taking private lesson, the instructor recommended to use 'pinkest' which is first version of pinky support item. It is very cheap like $5-6 compare to this item.
So..I was very questioning why it is 3-4 times more expensive compare to pinkest and will it be worth for? The answer is YES!! It is very helpful to increase finger muscle and practice with the RIGHT posture (remember this is basic but everything. As long as they play with the right posture, they can play any songs).
If you have young, youth kids and looking for supportive item for the instrument, you need it.
Huge difference in my sons ability to hold the bow. He is a beginner, and with him being new to the violin holding the bow seemed awkward. With the bow buddy he was able to relax his hand which made all the difference in the world. Only complaint at first was we were unable to get the bow to fit in the violin case properly with the bow buddy attached to the bow. But with a little ingenuity we figured it out. I hooked one end of a rubber band to the bow holder inside the case, wrapped it around the bow, then hooked the other end back on the bow holder inside the case. This kept the bow inplace without having to remove the bow buddy. I would recommend the bow buddy for any violinist out there!!
My 6 year old recently started playing violin after seeing a friend play...and it's a hard instrument for a young child to learn. These Bow Hold Buddies, which her teacher recommended to us, make holding the bow in the correct position so much easier. I've noticed her bowing movement has improved dramatically I think because her bow grip with this tool keeps the bow in the proper position. I highly recommend them for a young violin learner. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because they were a little challenging to install as the instructions weren't totally clear - and they can slip out of position slightly when you tighten and loosen the bow. At my daughter's violin teacher's recommendation we now don't loosen her bow when storing it (it isn't real wood so apparently that's OK) so we didn't have to move it back into correct position each time we tightened the bow.
We purchased this for our 6 year old based on our Suzuki teacher's request. It works very well. The end piece gives the pinky a place to rest on the top of the bow, so she doesn't have a problem with the "flying away pinky." At the same time, the frog (no, it doesn't sit on the frog of the bow) provides a spacer between the 2 middle fingers and and index finger. In short, this thing forces you to hold your bow the right way. As others mentioned, the only downside is that it makes it impossible to fit the bow into most cases. We just made a thin bag for the bow and carry it separately to her lessons.