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I noticed that my daughter's pinkie is usually straight or even lifted up from the bow while she played. Her middle finger and ring finger are also detached from the frog. Should i just keep reminding her about her bowhold or should I get her one of this things for strings? I do not want her to rely on this forever, though.
Here's another version, which is much cheaper and easier for her to "wean" it off later on, if I get her a cute pink one, she will never want to stop using it.
I agree with you, MGN, that's why I said i don't want her to rely on it. I just noticed her flying pinkie this weekend, I don't think we noticed it during her lessons. In fact, I noticed it when I started to video tape her practice.
Chinny, I just made her one out of melting tube (like a soft straw) — I got the idea from the one i post here, but I don't know if I want to let her use it yet — not until I heard from everybody here and specifically from her teacher.
p.s. the one i made shouldn't last too long, so by the time it says "bye bye," my daughter probably would have her bow hold down already. She used to have perfect bow hold, I think this might be temporarily and hope with reminders, it will be okay again.
Years ago, a teacher made me one out of tape too but I think it was only on there for a week or so, to remind me when my teacher wasn't there. When parents are aware of the proper bow hold, it is probably much less necessary. My poor parents didn't have a clue how to hold a violin and bow. My daughter is working hard on her bow hold this week too. She is frustrated because there is so much to think about at once but I do see an improvement nearly every time she practices.
I'm interested in the answer to this as well. I've seen various similar devices (frequently used in pairs) to help shape a proper bow hold. They are obviously geared towards children, but I wonder if they are helpful to beginning adults, as well.
I don't think adults will need it, because adults should be better able at reminding themselves about the bow hold and know how to self check; whereas a child is less able to be multitasking, like SaraO said, "there are just too many things for a child to do at the same time" -- the rhythm, the bow hold, the violin, straight bowing, tempo, etc etc.
i didn't ask her teacher directly, but she said if we noticed it, just remind her to tap her pinkie, and in fact, her bow hold has been perfect after those two off days.