FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to a hand support for facilitating the holding of a bow for use with a fiddle, violin or viola.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Playing related hand injuries affect many Irish traditional fiddle players. The bowing hand has recorded a high prevalence of injury in this area due to the limited contact surface between the player's fingers and the bow. This is a particular problem in Irish traditional music due to the tempo of the music and the frequent need for aggressive bowing to produce a sufficiently loud tone. Injury in the thumb is force related, as many of these causes indicate that an increase of force (tensing/tightening grip) is required to maintain the desired level of control over the bow.
Prior art devices are known for teaching player's to position their fingers in the "correct" position on the bow and these devices can, by their nature, enhance the player's grip on the bow. Examples of such known devices are shown in WO 2007/040299 and GB16975, both showing training devices that are attachable to a bow and which have rings or loops formed therein into which the fingers are to be inserted to facilitate correct positioning of the hand on the bow. Such rings are generally formed from a substantially rigid material and are fixed in position, and thus undesirably constrain the positioning of the player's fingers on the bow.
Player's often require a variance in hand posture and position while holding the bow during playing to facilitate different bowing techniques, in particular during Irish traditional music. Therefore any device to enhance the player's grip on the bow would require a level of customisation in the finger positioning of the player which is not available within such known devices and is also contrary to the objective of the prior art devices which is to constrain the positioning of the fingers of the player.
An object of the present invention is to provide a bow support which can be attached or located to any point along the shaft of a bow and which enables the player to adjust their finger positioning it to suit their individual bowing technique while providing enhanced grip and thus reducing the risk of injury.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
According to the present invention there is provided a hand support for a bow comprising a body adapted to be clamped around the shaft of a bow, said body incorporating a plurality of mounting points, at least one strap extending between two or more of said mounting points to define loops through which one or more digits of the player's hand can be inserted to provide enhanced grip on the bow.
In a preferred embodiment said plurality of mounting points may be defined by apertures formed in said body through which said strap can be passed. Each mounting point may comprise a pair of apertures. At least four pairs of apertures may be provided at spaced locations along the length of the body to define at least three loops when one or more straps are threaded therebetween.
In one embodiment a single strap is provided threaded through selected apertures along the length of the body to defined loops at desired locations along the length of the body through which selected digits of the player's hand can be passed.
Said body may comprise an elongate tube adapted to engage a portion of the shaft of the bow. Said tube may incorporate an opening along its length to allow the tube to be placed over the shaft of the bow at any desired position therealong.
In a preferred embodiment said body is formed from two parts adapted to be fastened together to clamp the body around a portion of the shaft of the bow. Each part of the body may comprise an arcuate gripping portion, the two parts including or supporting cooperating fastening devices for securing the two parts together with the shaft of the bow clamped between the gripping portions of the two parts. The two parts of the body may include at least one pair of cooperating mounting portions extending from the respective gripping portion thereof, the cooperating mounting portions being adapted to receive a suitable fastening device therebetween to secure the two parts of the body together. Cooperating pairs of mounting portions may be provided at each end of the body. The at least one pair of cooperating mounting portions may be shaped such that the gripping portions of the two parts of the body are urged towards one another to grip the shaft of a bow therebetween when the respective fastening device is tightened, drawing the mounting portions together. In one embodiment said at least one pair of cooperating mounting portions may define non-parallel mating faces defining a V shaped gap opening towards the gripping portions of the two parts such that the gripping portions are drawn towards one another to clamp the shaft of the bow therebetween when the mating faces of the cooperating mounting portions are drawn towards one another during tightening of the respective fastener.
The at least one strap is preferably formed from a flexible material, more preferably from an elastic material, such as rubber.
|Patent number||WO 2018/091399 A1|
|IPC||G10D 3/16 (2006.01)|
|Publication status||Published - 24 May 2018|