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So I have been using teaching aids for stubborn students and have found several very useful. I think as long as they don't become dependent on it and take it off periodically they are very helpful. That's all, good bye.

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Comment by paul reynolds on October 29, 2013 at 9:42pm
I agree completely. My students use the wrist rascal and I have them use it on and off. Www.wristrascal.com it's a new product that I think makes sense. But again, as you said, never as a crutch.
Comment by Kevin Keating on October 28, 2013 at 6:39pm
Teaching aids can be helpful, but can become a crutch and some may even evolve into standard equipment (i.e. chin rests, shoulder rests, cello end pins). I worry that someday bows will come with grip contours carved right into them, or body shapes will be altered for ease of playing (i.e. that crazy looking ergonomically designed viola!).

Teaching aids that force a student's hands to "do it right" should be used only at the very beginning and then removed as soon as possible BEFORE the student gets used to it. And also not be allowed to return to it for more than a "teaching moment" for the sake of muscle memory in case the muscles forgot. :)

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