How to Hold Your Violin or Viola in a Comfortable and Relaxed Way?
How to hold your violin or viola?
There are some very basic skills you should know when it comes to violin or viola playing. One of them is the correct way to hold your instrument. In this blog, I will therefore explain you everything you need to know on how to hold your violin or viola in a comfortable and relaxed way.
Step 1: Hold you violin or viola in front of you in a horizontal way, with the strings to the front.
Step 2: Keep your hands in the same position, but move your instrument above your head.
Step 3: Move your violin a bit to the left and downwards. For this, let the end of your violin touch your face when moving it downwards until it sits on your shoulder and in your neck (see the video). Furthermore, make sure the little button at the end of your violin or viola points exactly to the little hole between your collarbones.
Put your shoulders at rest
When holding your violin, make sure your chin and shoulder are at rest; you should have the feeling that you could carry you instrument around all day without using your hands. Also be careful that you don’t pull up your shoulder (which many people do) or make some strange kind of movements to reach your violin. Overall, you should just have to keep standing straight, relax and be flexible.
Lastly, regarding the position of your violin or viola: it should really point to the left in a way your violin fits comfortably in your neck. So not all the way to the back (under your ear), to the front (tension in your neck) or too much to the ground or the ceiling (keep it straight in a horizontal position). Also, when playing, make sure you look at your sheet music or the people around you and not to your violin. If you watch your violin while playing, you will slowly move it downwards to the floor and to the front, which will create tension in your neck.
I hope these tips will help you to hold your violin or viola more comfortably and relaxed, without any pain or tension in your neck or shoulder. Because of course, violin playing should be fun and not cause you any pain!
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