The Bowmaster is a training device to help beginners adopt the correct bow grip. 3 sizes.
Simple to install the Bowmaster slides onto the stick. The specially moulded shape assists the placing of the fingers.
5 out of 6 found the following review helpful
Pros: This is a useful product for helping a student relearn how to hold a bow in a relaxed and gentle way. It is helpful because the Bowmaster is both softer than wood and because its relative bulk encourages the player to hold the bow a little more loosely.
Cons: The bowmaster would be even better if it were made more simply, without the indentations for suggested placings for each finger. Each person's hand is unique, so the manufacturer's indentation suggestions may need to be taken with a pinch of salt......
3 out of 5 found the following review helpful
Pros: You don't have to remove existing lapping etc, just slides on. Very comfortable grip. Not just a teaching aid. Try it, you might be very surprised. Wouldn't be without it.
An easy way to promote a good relaxed bow hold.
Pros: Since coming across the 'Bowmaster' bow grip about 3 years ago I have recommended it to a number of my 'cello students, both adults and children. Nearly all of them had the sensation that their bow was slippery and difficult to hold....net result, a tendency to grip the bow tightly, resulting in a stiff arm and shoulder, a bowing hand with no flexibility, bow angle all wrong, a poor tone, and all manner of other problems. Some of these students were beginners who I caught early on, but most had been playing for some while when they came to me. Only one student did not seem to benefit from trying the Bowmaster, but when we had a second shot at it 18 months later, it did work. The shaping of the ridge pattern on the Bowmaster is such that, by turning it slightly, it will adapt to the hand shape and size of all but the smallest students, giving a feeling of security. However, the real genius bit is that the material from which it is made has a slightly 'tacky' feel to it....a bit like Blue-tak.....and that gives the fingers some added purchase and security on the bow stick while it only needs to be held with a relaxed hand. In my view, this seems to be a sure-fire way to promote a good secure but relaxed bow hold.
Pros: The Medium sized Bowmaster slid quite easily onto a 1/4 size cello bow and is definitely helping with my 8 year old daughter's bowhold. I'm tempted to try it with some of my violin pupils now
Cons: She now has a little sore patch on her thumb after playing for a whole morning at orchestra which she never complained of before
An excellent contribution to bow training
Pros: An excellent aid to teaching a correct bow hold. It is easily mounted and taken off when needed. The light weight does not overly affect the balance of the bow.
Cons: For large hands I have to use the cello version and would, ideally, prefer the index finger position to be further forward.
1 out of 2 found the following review helpful
Pros: Huge help to those finding difficulty with bow hold at outset. Have also used with non-beginners to great effect.
Cons: Dimple for little finger on top of bow works well for violins and violas, but more of a groove shape would be better to cater for cello bow hold.
2 out of 4 found the following review helpful
Pros: Cheaper than its competetitor!
Cons: Very difficult to get on, I used a bit of talcum powder to ease it on with.
Other: Still not sure about this. I bought it for my daughter who has a stiff bow hold and sticky out little finger that bends the wrong way. She really likes it and her bowing has improved. Would like to experiment with other students, particularly those with double jointed little fingers. Must add, it didn't suit me at all - but there again, I already have a brilliant bow hold!
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful
Pros: I like the idea. In my case it was to help with a problem I have with my arthritic thumb, and I think it would help to relax my bow hold if I could only get it to fit!
Cons: Difficulty fitting it on my bow
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful
Pros: Compared with other training devices, this is a lot cheaper, so at least you can have a punt without much of an outlay.
Cons: It didn't work for me - I found it insufficiently comfortable, despite giving it a week's trial. Difficult to actually get on to the bow - but a smear of vaseline helped enormously.
Other: I actually use a handwriting 'gripper' (50p each!). It's worked for me but, obviously, what helps is an individual matter. It may be worth trying several types of thing & seeing what does the trick for you.