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Based on 12 Reviews
Reviewed On: 12/22/2016
I am so happy with this. My students love the Wrist Rascal. It is only for 1st position. I see a review that does not seem to make sense to me so I want to leave positive one. Get the right size for the instrument and it should work very well. not everyone has a similar hand, so sometimes a medium might work better for a small student with a large instrument. I think every teacher of violin should have these to give out to students. Parents can get them too, of course. great for learning good posture for the left hand in first position only. It is not for shifting. thank you
Yes | 253 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 12/18/2016
It probably works for full size violin but not for 1/2. We bought one for 1/2 and once it is installed there is simply not enough space to even go to 2nd position. They should not sell this for less than full-size violin.
Hello, Chingchao. The wrist rascal is a device only for 1st position work. It reminds the wrist to remain in proper position by bumping into the wrist when it begins to collapse while playing in first position. This simulates the feel of playing in third position, but you should not attempt to play in 3rd or even 2nd position while using the wrist rascal. One the wrist is comfortable and in equilibrium in that proper posture, you can use the wrist rascal for vibrato training by flexing the wrist within the range that it allows. I hope this helps with your students playing! Thank you for leaving a review!
Yes | 195 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 06/03/2016
I have had both old and new models and they are excellent when they stay on. I have put on extra rubber bands to secure them on all of my students' instruments (After one of them was affixed properly, my student played 3 notes and the WR promptly shot across the room!) and recommend others do the same to be safe. Updated rubber material is a fantastic improvement and when in place, my students instantly fix their position. Great product that kids really do enjoy using!
Yes | 326 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 05/11/2016
It seems to me that unless the student is playing in third position, this device doesn't get in the way of students collapsing their wrists. As far as I'm concerned, this doesn't accomplish what it sets out to accomplish.
Yes | 245 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 04/15/2016
I ordered this product in February 2016 and returned it due to concerns with the hard composite material scratching my violin. This product has since been updated (April 2016) and is now made out of hard rubber. This design change eliminates the concerns I had. Shar's website doesn't allow me to amend my original review, but I thought I'd leave another one saying that my original concerns about the product causing damage have been addressed. Thanks to Wrist Rascal for having such responsive customer service!
Yes | 356 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 02/23/2016
I used this tool to get my students to straighten their left wrist and it worked great with fast results! They love to ask to use the RASCAL. It's easy to attach to the instrument and then I tell them not to touch the rascal (with their wrist), which turns it into a fun game.
Yes | 317 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 05/31/2015
Ok, this is perfect. it doesn't just fix collapsed wrists...its a perfect reminder of the 3rd position hand shape we are about to be getting to. I got a couple and they've been taking turns with it. So all those kids that are about to shift, but not quite there, start to develop the right hand shape so when they ARE up there in 3rd - they are way more in tune. I just insist (as it says in instructons).. don't rest the wrist on the "teaching aid"! they learn not to touch it and that fixes the wrist problems completely. Perfect for this age. my group plays so much better in tune now and parents love the results.
Yes | 587 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 11/10/2014
I am an adult student and have struggled with an incorrect hand position for many months. This was very frustrating for me as a student. I purchased this product and noticed results right away. I could feel that I was utilizing my muscles in my right arm and the shape of my hand has dramatically improved. I would encourage anyone to purchase this as a teaching aid. I am anxious to see how much I improve with regular use of this product. Thank you! Sheila
Yes | 636 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 09/03/2014
I have taught privately for over 30 years and have wasted so much lesson time fixing wrists. I eventually figured out that if I start my kids up on the body of the violin- their little hand takes a good shape in no time at all. This nifty little thing works wonders by allowing kids to learn the notes in first position AND to have the benefit of FEELING that body. I hear you can work on vibrato too with it, but I use a different approach for that. Fantastic device.
Yes | 732 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/18/2014
I tried this with two of my students who refuse to play with a straight wrist and it was instant fix! After a few minutes of playing they kept a straight wrist and didn't even lean on the devise like I thought they would.
Yes | 716 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/14/2014
I have found the Wrist Rascal to be very helpful as a physical reminder for students to "drop their wrists". When working with a group of beginners, there are always a handful that need vigilant support in that area of technical development, and the Wrist Rascal does the job beautifully. I would definitely recommend it for any school string program, to have several on hand to use as needed.
Yes | 669 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/12/2014
So easy to use and a terrific price. Thanks !
Yes | 697 people found this review helpful
Asked On: 11/22/2016
Hi Jayne! The large size is for 4/4 violin (and 14" - 16" violas), the medium is for 1/2 and 3/4 size violins (12" - 13" viola), and the small is for 1/4 size or smaller violins. Hope this helps!
Yes | 247 people found this question helpful