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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.
I’m an adult player but have very small hands. I was hoping the set would help me with proper hand placement. The “fish” for the pinky fits and helps as desired but the frog felt a touch off. It was not very adjustable so I could never get it quite right and ended up not using it at all. So if you need the pinky rest, I would suggest buying it by itself. I’m sure the frog will work for some people, but it’s definitely a very exact fit that wasn’t for me.
It works great for my little violinist. I am giving it 4 stars because in order for it to fit in the case (when you put it away) you have to take the entire bottom on the bow apart and remove it OR you have to carry it outside of the case. Both are a pain. But it corrects her bow hold and that is what we really need it for.
The bow buddy has helped me learn the muscle memory for a proper bow hold with a relaxed bent thumb and pinky. The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is that while using it I have trouble getting my wrist to an upward relaxed position, instead of down and flexed.
Great product and horrible price. WAY too expensive guys! If these were half the price I would have already bought one for every single one of my students. Find a way to get cost down on manufacturing, lower the price to consumer and your product will sell!
I'm trying to teach my daughter how to play violin and she's 5, the frog and fish are working like a charm, but the only downside is that i can't put the bow back in the case without disassembling it every time, the material won't give so that it can be safely stowed.