Category: Accessories

The Fiddle and Winter Humidity

Although it hasn’t officially arrived yet, Winter is quickly approaching the Northern Hemisphere, and cold air is already creeping in. Here where I live in Pennsylvania, we’ve already had nights where the mercury has plunged into the low teens (Fahrenheit) and days that have struggled to reach the freezing mark. With these lower temperatures comes…

The String Cleaner

A couple of months ago I bought a nifty little accessory called The String Cleaner from the Fiddlershop. At $19.99, I thought it was a bit expensive and wasn’t real sure how effective it would be, but I took a chance on it anyway. Now, I’m glad I did! Constant practicing and playing leaves behind…

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,…

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…

Dampit

Whether you live in a hot, dry desert area or in the freezing arctic zone, the scientifically tested Dampit humidifier will protect your instrument against damage. The original humidifier for string instruments, Dampit has been protecting wood instruments for over 40 years. Invented and patented in 1966 by profesional violinist and composer, Ralph Hollander, the…

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…