Introducing ...
 Wrist      Rascal ®  

Think of the left hand as a mold that needs to have the correct shape in order to play in tune and develop strength and flexibility -- all of which are key components in great string playing. This "mold" needs to be trained correctly from the beginning in order to develop proper technique while avoiding the potential development of bad habits. Any excessive contorting of the wrist or improper alignment of the fingers over the fingerboard is counterproductive.

As a students advances to the stage of shifting on the instrument they must learn to travel up and down the fingerboard effortlessly. The left hand "mold" is then used as a vessel to correctly execute the various finger patterns in all positions, double stops, octaves, etc -- all the various technical demands of the music. By developing this solid left hand technique the player will be more virtuosic, consistent and ultimately experience more joy and confidence in their own music making and performance!

One analogy is to think of a young developing gymnast on the balance beam. She is taught correct form, strength and flexibility from the beginning. All of these fundamentals begin on the low beam. The solid foundation she learned on the low beam does not change once she graduates to the high beam.

The Wrist Rascal brings the "high beam" to the "low beam" where developing a solid foundation is paramount!


One great method for teaching students a strong wrist vibrato is to bring the wrist to third position, slightly bend it and anchor it to the bottom of the body of the instrument. From there the student makes a waving motion forward (toward the bridge) and back (toward the scroll) over and over to develop a natural and even motion. Wrist Rascal brings this successful method to first position so students can get going with their vibrato early on! Something ALL students can't wait to learn how to do!!