mercredi 6 août 2014

How To Hold A Violin As A Beginner

By Annabelle Holman

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.

There are many types of shoulder rests that exist that a beginner may purchase. Some may be expensive. One cheap option is to simply purchase a nylon sponge and attach it to the back of the instrument and left edge corner with a rubber band.

Now it's time to position the fiddle. It should be held in the left hand and placed on the left shoulder. Make sure to place it on the shoulder rest at the top. An individual's chin should be placed upon the chin rest, which is the base instrument top. This piece is usually black and shaped like an oval. It aids in making the fiddle easier to hold. There must be a secure fit between the instrument and ones shoulder. An individual should be able to secure the instrument and be hands free.

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.

One position that is truly difficult to perfect is that concerning the wrist position. Many beginners automatically rest their wrist on the violin's back, which is a big no-no. The wrist should not touch the instrument but be straight so that it can go up or down. This is important because the wrist needs to be able to play notes up and down the scale without being hindered.

The instrument always needs to be parallel to the ground and and straight in front of the individual. It is the individual's decision to play either standing up or sitting down. Anyone can get lazy and play with the instrument pointed downwards, but this is a bad habit to start. If playing standing up, feet must be shoulder width apart and weighted evenly. When sitting down, make sure to sit at the edge of the chair in and no not slouch.

Following these helpful guidelines is very important for the individual that is serious about perfecting their craft. The more one plays, the more natural playing it becomes. The beautiful melodies that will follow will be well worth it.

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