It’s that time of year! But even when it isn’t Back 2 School time, isn’t it fun finding new violin accessories? I am obsessed with anything for my violin and anything that helps increase my productivity in the practice room.
Here, I’m sharing what works for me and my students, and some infomation about what I love about each one of these products (plus direct shopping links). Do you have any violin supplies you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below!
- Dominant Violin Strings-Set: As described on their website, Thomastik Infeld’s Dominant Strings are “widely regarded as the reference standard, Dominant strings, made with a highly flexible, multi-strand Perlon core, provide the tonal warmth and feel of a gut string while being impervious to changes in humidity. The sound is soft, clear and rich in overtones and intonation is stable. One of the world’s most popular strings!” Read about my favorite violin strings for students here.
- iTunes Gift Card: This may seem unusual, but it is one of the most valuable gifts you can buy a student. iTunes gift cards can be used to download tuner or metronome apps on their iOS device, or download music from the extensive iTunes classical music library. Amazon cards will work for Android or Kindle devices.
- Mighty Bright Orchestra Light– I hate overhead light, so this is personally one of my most important practicing tools. It can be plugged in or can run on 4 AA batteries, so it’s perfect for home practice or traveling to rehearsals/gigs. Students are more likely to avoid practicing if their eyes get tired quickly when practicing (I’m guilty!), so grab a light and don’t waste your time on any other kind. This one will illuminate 3 pages perfectly, 4 pages with a little shadow on each end.*Note: This light works best with a Manhasset orchestra style (aka sturdy) music stand.
- Scales Plus!: Flesch Scale Systems might be a little daunting for a student, so check out this book for a more accessible approach. The difficulty level of this book can be tailored by the teacher for the specific needs of the student. *Works best with a teacher to guide assignements/progess.*
- Clarity Rosin: Hypoallergenic Rosin! YES, students can be allergic to rosin! Do you notice your child/student sneezing/coughing while practicing or in lessons? Try switching rosin and see if that helps.
- CodaBow: Diamond NX: This is a terrific upgrade from a typical student bow or is a perfect choice for someone looking for a backup bow. I love the durability of the CodaBow family, and the versatile balance of the Diamond NX has made it a favorite for many of my students. You can’t find a better bow in this price range.
- Sartory Rosin: I LOVE this rosin. It is the perfect balance of sticky and not too sticky, and since I couldn’t figure out how to articulate that, here’s the description from the website…“Formulated and made in France, Sartory rosin is precisely blended to impart the smooth playing characteristics of a light rosin, with the articulation and clarity of a dark rosin. Beautiful hard wood presentation box with magnetic closures, protects rosin while in your case or on your music stand. Generous sized cake for long life, with rosin mounted on natural cork to protect from the elements.”