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Our breakthrough Cello Bow Grip Aid helps students nurture effective, yet relaxed bow holds. With a malleable, snap-on design, it is fitting for cellists of all ages and sizes. With our grip, you can be sure that every hardworking minute you invest in practicing is spent productively, building good habits.
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A Letter to Teachers and Parents
Rintaro Wada, Cellist, Educator, and Inventor of WADA BOW GRIP
I sincerely wish for your students' success and hope they find a beautiful cello tone with ease, using my invention.
Ergonomically speaking, our hands are better suited to hold spherical shapes rather than the rigidly designed cello/bass bows. Because of this, most of us struggle to hold the bow in a relaxed manner while making music with the instrument. Without stability, it is much harder to produce the deep and rich or soft and angelic tones of the cello.
This bow grip aid allows the bow hand to maintain a round and relaxed hand form while playing. This will help cello learners of all ages understand the mechanics of bow motion easily. In this way, teachers will have more instructional time for areas other than the bow hand.
Wada Bow Grip reduces bow hand/arm muscle strain, but for a successful use of this bow grip aid, please also use traditional methods of bowing instruction in order to obtain flexibility and balance of the thumb, index finger, and pinky. In this manner, the student will be able to maintain a 90 degree angle between the bow and each string with ease. Please also allow the student to sense the physical balance of the bow on the string as shown below.
Balancing the bow on the strings.
The student should sit up high, keep the shoulders leveled to the lowest position at all times.
There are three important sections of the bow on strings:
1. Bow at the Frog
On the string and with the bow at the frog, the bow balance is supported with the pinky, ring finger, and the thumb. The position of the elbow is at the lowest and the position of the wrist is at the highest.
2. Bow at the Balanced Point
On the string and with the bow at the balance point, the bow balance is supported gently with all five fingers.
3. Bow at the Tip
On the string and with the bow at the tip, the bow balance is supported with the index, middle fingers, and thumb. The elbow is at the highest position.
"No Banana Thumb!"
I teach my students to keep their thumb knuckle out (not straight) to start. The thumb will be stretched more at the tip, and bent small at the frog. The problem starts if the thumb is kept straight like a banana. The pinky will also be straighten with the banana thumb and soon, the entire hand will be stiff.
The WADA BOW GRIPS will be easy on and stabilize the thumb, so students will be able to work on a better thumb shape and its movement on the bow while making music.
"Four Elements to Change the Color of the Sound"
At least for the learner, since the bow will be balanced on the string with the arm's weight, I try to avoid talking about "pressure". Rather, I like using these "four essential bowing elements."
1. Bow Position
2. Bow Angle
3. Amount of Bow Hair
Especially at the frog, unlike the violin/viola, cello/bass should use the upper side of the bow hair to balance the bow on the string.
4. Bow Speed
The WADA BOW GRIPS were designed to nurture natural bow hand form by thinking of these four essential elements for bowing.
Wishing your students success in mastering the bow!
Rintaro Wada, Inventor of WADA BOW GRIP