As any seasoned violinist or violist can tell you, a player's pinky is crucial for guiding bow direction. Specially crafted by us, the Shar Music® PinkyHold was created to help you master bow control. It's designed to help you form a bow hold and – more importantly – to help you keep your fingers relaxed while bowing.
The PinkyHold is designed for the developing student, though it works just as well for adults. (It's great for adults who are switching instruments – say, from a violin to a viola.) Small, brightly colored, inexpensive – and crucial. What more do you need?
• One size fits all violin and viola bows
• Slides to adjust for any hand size
• Made of soft non-allergenic silicone
• Weight: 3 grams (.11 oz)
• Dimensions: 1.3" x 0.6" x 0.6"
• Available in a variety of eye-popping colors, and in 10- , 50-, and 100-packs for teachers!
1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with Shar Music's® 1-year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or misuse are not covered. Non-transferable.
30-Day No Hassle Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.
If you have any questions about this product's warranty. or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at email@example.com
Pinky Positioning and Shaping: The Key to Mastering Smooth Bow Changes
Created specifically with the developing violinist in mind, the PinkyHold is not a crutch or support. Instead, it gently helps develop the pinky's muscle memory along the way to mastering bow control. The PinkyHold is easy to install and fits on all sizes of violin and viola bows and is easily adjusted to accommodate variations in hand size and hold placement.
The PinkyHold does not lock the player into some idealized notion of "the perfect position and shape." This varies with each individual. However, the pinky does have many responsibilities such as guiding bow direction, acting as a counter-weight, and initiating many of the movements needed to produce bow strokes such as the martelé, collé and spiccato.
The PinkyHold is designed to encourage the development of an agile and flexible pinky, which leads to the proper flexibility and balance. Avoiding stiffness is critical, because it squelches good tone and significantly limits the versatility required in playing the instrument. A pinky that is either poorly positioned or constantly slipping off the stick can now be corrected quite simply.
Ratings & Reviews
I purchased this for my 8yo, who likes to take her pinky off the bow when she is at the tip, to try to help her to remember to keep it on. It didn't work in this capacity at all. The hole is too small to actually get your pinky into, and the height is too high. As a result her pinky wanted to come off even more. I'm guessing this was intended for beginners to keep their pinkies in the right place, but again, the small hole and way too high height for little fingers renders it useless for that purpose as well.
Really Like It!
I bought a few of these for my school students to use in our school lessons. I don't see them real often to reinforce good habits, so it helps them to form the bow hold and most importantly, relax their fingers while bowing. For 4th and 5th grade, it just gives them an anchor to keep the pinky stationary and not lifting up. Even the boys like it! Especially good for tactile learners.
PinkyHold for viola
Very well-made item and useful for older students/adults too: On a viola bow, is an excellent reminder for me to rotate the hand a bit to get more index-finger weight onto the stick for playing on the lower strings. So I think this would be helpful for someone switching to viola or alternating between violin and viola.