Anyway, I'm sure you're getting curious...what is the object that is rocking my world???
They work perfectly for cello students. The left hand can hold the roller in place as it sits softly on the string while the bow hand practices various rhythms. You could even have students 'roll' the paint roller to specific strings to practice bow levels. Why practice straight bows away from the instrument? This way seems so much more practical.
Violin and viola students might need a person to hold the roller...but there is a way to make the roller stay in place on the string and still be flexible enough to allow students to roll the bow inside the roller to specific strings. To do this, I used a large rubber band - many of you probably have these large sized rubber bands on hand for shoulder rests. By putting the band around the violin length-wise, the roller easily slides underneath and will stay put even as students rock to different strings.
I found these rollers a Wal-Mart for $2.97 for a 3-pack. I plan on buying quite a few of these for my beginners. There are many ways to make silent bowing more fun. You could teach simple rhythms and have students practice bowing rhythms...teach bow direction...have students bow silently to fun music/popular tunes for bow exercises. You could even teach bow distribution using these babies...what a good visual to help students really see how much bow they are using.
So what do you think? Does this rock your world, too?...or am I just an orchestra geek?