The Basics Of How To Hold A Violin

August 7, 2014

The violin or fiddle is a wonderful four-stringed instrument that was created to make beautiful melodies. However, a common mistake that students of this magical instrument make is not learning how to hold a violin properly. This is the first thing that should be studied. There is the right way to hold it which should be followed every time that one picks up this instrument.

One piece of equipment for the student of the violin is called a shoulder rest. This helpful tool should be placed towards the lower bout on the back of the violin. Its purpose is to add comfort while holding the fiddle.

Shoulder rests can vary when it comes to price ranges. However, for the student that needs to save a few dollars, a sponge that’s long and made of nylon is a great alternative. It can be applied by using a rubber band to apply it to the violin and left edge corner of its back.

The positioning of the violin is being held in the left hand and on the left shoulder. It needs to be on the shoulder rest directly on top. Carefully place one’s chin on the chin rest which is at the top of the instrument base. It is oval in its shape and black in color. It makes the violin easier when holding. Make sure that the fit is secure between the instrument and the individual’s shoulder. A person should be able to support the instrument without using their hands.

The left hand is one of the most important parts of the body when it comes to playing the violin. It must be placed at the back of the neck of the fiddle, while the left thumb is placed to the left of the fingerboard. There is to be a half inch of space between the fingerboard and thumb which should be an even height with the fingerboard. The height shouldn’t be too high or too low.

Perfecting the position of the wrist can be complicated for beginners. Some get into the habit of placing their wrists on the fiddle, which is something that should be discouraged. Wrists should never touch the instrument, but are to remain free and uninhibited from playing the notes that it chooses to play. Notes can then be played along the scale in an up and down position.

The violin is to be placed in front of the individual parallel to the ground. Whether the person chooses to play sitting or standing is up to the individual. Some students are lazy and often fall into the habit of playing the instrument downwards. This is a poor habit that should be stopped immediately. Feet need to be placed shoulder width apart if standing. Those sitting should be in an upright position on the edge of a chair.

It is so important to follow these tips religiously and as time moves on, playing the violin will seem natural. Start these guidelines right away in order to develop good habits that will pay off over time. The sound of beautiful music is just a few notes away!

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