Many violin players struggle with incorrect posture and a lack of ease of playing. By combining a discussion with careful illustrations this article assists in the understanding of how to hold the violin. The proper fitting for using a shoulder rest is also discussed.
In this video lesson, Heather Broadbent, thoroughly explains and demonstrates proper left hand postures for violin players.
A good bow hold is critical to tone production. Using a carefully sequenced, step-by-step approach along with daily review and practice is very important in developing a good bow hold. This article presents a detailed, step-by-step approach to a proper violin bow hold. The visuals and videos clearly demonstrate the correct holding positions. Examples of incorrect holding positions are included as well.
Stiff fingers prevent good bow motion. You need agile fingers to be shock absorbers and to keep the bow from bouncing. Agile fingers help with many other different kinds of bow articulations as well. The practice tip used in this article to develop agile fingers is illustrated with the movement of a jellyfish.
This gallery of photos displays examples of good and bad violin playing positions. It is a good reference tool to use to recognize common playing mistakes as well as proper positions.