Category: Accessories

WonderThumb

I was intrigued when I ran across a product called the WonderThumb, an aid to attaining a relaxed and functional left hand position for violin. Much of the tension in the left hand is a result of a feeling of insecurity. Gravity is always trying to pull the neck of the instrument down the thumb,…

Bow Right

In Straight Talk, I wrote about how I have been working on straight bowing. Recently, as an additional aide, I bought a Bow Right teaching tool. The Bow Right is advertised as the perfect tool for developing a sound bow technique. It’s stainless steel guides are positioned above the strings between the bridge and fingerboard,…

Holstein Pernambuco Bow

I have been looking to upgrade my Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow to a Holstein Pernambuco Bow. Yesterday, I received an email from the Fiddlershop with a coupon code for 15% off any Holstein Pernambuco Bow, so I purchased the Holstein 1-star Pernambuco Violin Bow and saved over $40. The bows in the Holstein Pernambuco family are…

The Bonmusica Shoulder Rest

The goal of a shoulder rest is to allow a more comfortable attitude while playing by adding height to the shoulder and preventing the instrument from slipping. A shoulder rest generally follows the curve of the shoulder; it is an accessory to facilitate holding the violin. In my fourth month now, I am still not…

Finding the “Right” Chin and Shoulder Rest Combination

So many violin and fiddle players struggle with finding the right chin and shoulder rest combination, some even searching for years! Unlike many other instruments, the violin needs to be sized to fit the players specific body height, weight, and shape. No easy task since we are all built differently. An ill-fitted combination of chin…

D’Addario NS Micro Violin and Viola Tuner

The NS Micro Violin Tuner features an easy-to-read, multi-color display and visual metronome in an attractive compact design. A non-marring, lever-lock clamp holds the tuner securely to the instrument while allowing easy application and removal. The precision violin tuner is not only perfect for tuning, the unique mounting system and fast pitch response allow it…

D’Addario Varigrip Adjustable Hand Exerciser

The D’Addario Varigrip Adjustable Hand Exerciser is a pocket-sized conditioning tool that provides strength, speed building, and maintenance for the entire hand, wrist and forearm. It allows adjustable tension to each spring-loaded piston for an isolated and individual finger workout, helping to develop strength and dexterity in the fingers, hands and forearms. The Varigrip comes…

Stringvision Bowgrip

Carefully designed as an anti-fatigue bow covering, the Stringvision Bowgrip offers an unprecedented level of comfort and ergonomics for your bow hand. The other day, while I was resting my bow hand, recovering from the pain in the base of my thumb, I found the Stringvision Bowgrip on the internet. The words anti-fatigue and ergonomics…

Conrad Gotz Chinrest Model ZK256

I just switched my chinrest from the model that comes with the Fiddlershop Concert Violin to the Conrad Gotz (low profile) Chinrest Model ZK256. I have a short neck. Holding my violin against my neck and under my chin with a shoulder rest was kind of like trying to hold half gallon milk carton sideways…

Matrix Clip On Chromatic Tuner MA-8001

I purchased this Matrix clip on tuner to help me to keep my fiddle in tune and because, unlike some other tuners, it can be used for cross tuning as well. The Matrix MA-8001 chormatic tuner can be set to tune violin, guitar, bass, and ukulele. It features variable pitch reference from 430Hz-450Hz, vibration sensing…