The Practice-Right’s logo of a squirrel holding an eighth note earned it a new name among my three to eight year-old guitar students, who took turns wearing “the squirrel.” One of my six-year-old students who has been working to keep his knuckles over the strings to elevate his wrist, quickly realized that this device was correcting his flattening wrist-hand position, and declared, “The squirrel is my enemy!” After which, he successfully adjusted his hand position!
I sent the Practice-Right home with one of my seven-year-old students who is also working on hand position, and asked him to practice with it every day, making sure to check that the shape of his wrist matched the curve of the Practice-Right at the beginning and end of each piece. This gave him a concrete visual for comparison, as abstract descriptions of how the wrist should look or feel can often be confusing. His dad said they both had a clearer idea of the goal for his right hand during that week’s practice, and his hand position was much more consistent at the next lesson. – Madeleine Davidson, B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Manhattan School of Music, Suzuki guitar faculty at the Lucy Moses School and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.