dimanche 5 avril 2015

How To Hold A Violin Correctly

By Iva Cannon

When choosing an instrument for the first time being aware of the important factors in the handling of the instrument that need to be executed is always a must. Learning the proper way on how to hold a violin correctly will ensure that beautiful music will be made. The physical demands and mental awareness are very important factors when choosing this particular instrument.

Once posture has been established, shoulder rests and hand mechanics should be examined. The instrument should rest on the collarbone and be supported by the musicians left hand. To stabilize the violin the musician should use gentle weight from the head while applying the chin to the chin rest. This is the first step in learning how to hold a violin properly.

The shoulder pads and chin rests are very important to the position and the function for the violin. One component that the shoulder pad provides is giving the musician some friction so the violin stays in its proper place. The shoulder pads also help with the physical demand on the body when playing. The shoulder rest can be as simple as a non-slippery cloth or a more innovative type such as chamois skin. The type of pad used would be up to the musicians preference.

Important positioning of the shoulder pads will help with the overall function of the instrument. A major factor is keeping the instrument in its proper place. The shoulder pad provides the musician with some friction and help with the physical demands of this instrument. There are two types of shoulder rests. The first is chamois skin and the second is a basic non slip cloth. Each musician will choose what he or she feels is the best for the overall performance.

After all of these factors have been assessed it is now time to begin holding the violin. When handling there should always be two stable points of contact. The first is resting lightly on the musicians collarbone. The second is the jaw gently place on the chin rest. Once this position is established, the base of the index finger on the left hand should rest gently on the neck of the instrument. This finger will provide most of the support for the neck portion of the instrument. The side of the left thumb should also provide enough pressure so it does not slip out of place.

After all of these important factors have been touched upon and practiced the instrument can be picked up and positioned correctly. This instrument requires two stable points of contact with the player. These points of contact are the musicians jaw and the collarbone. The two points of contact will help to ensure the violin stays in its proper place.

When holding this particular instrument, the strings should be parallel to the floor, making sure the shoulders and hands are in the proper position. To assure that the musician is fully prepared to play some students of this art prefer to walk around just holding the violin, adjusting the positioning as needed.

As with any type of music this requires research and practice to become a master of this art. Once established though the end results will be well worth all of the time and effort.

It can easily be held for quite a long time if held correctly. Students of this art just need to follow a few simple rules and beautiful music is but a mere thought away.

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