How to Hold Your Violin or Viola in a Comfortable and Relaxed Way?

by | Nov 15, 2013 | Play Comfortably, Start to Play | 16 comments

How to hold your violin or viola?

I will explain this to you in this video and will give you a step-by-step way to build your own violin or viola hold.

In this way you will be so comfortable with your violin under your chin that you might want to go shopping with your violin ;).

Is this video useful to you? Please let me know in the comments!



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  1. Carolyn Keeler

    I played the violin and viola for one year with a very good teacher, but then stopped when my Mom passed away. I could play hymns and patriotic songs and Christmas music with a few others. Bless this House and Ode to Joy and Sheep may Safety Gaze. Others are God Bless America and Star Spangled Banner. I want to start over but live where there are no teachers, and the nearest town is over 50 miles away one way. I live in the United States, I am on Social Security so there is no Money for teacher. How can I learn to play again? I remember some of where I was. My biggest hurdle is where on the fingerboard are the right places for the notes. I can read music of the treble clef and figure out the viola clef. I have both instruments. I have played alto sax and organ in the past and present and play the same music on all instruments. Can you help me learn to play again?
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  2. Amir Albaroudy

    Thanks zlata for this usefull video..into the more wrong holding the violin..I learned the right way..thanks again

  3. Ester


    Is there a way of getting videos to my Inbox? I am learning to play for the first time

  4. Melissa

    I have been playing the violin for about 5 years but recently I have felt that I have been getting worse instead of improving. I played very well and things started going downhill. How can I fix this problem? I think my intonation is what I need to work on the most and having a relaxed left arm. Please help!

  5. Ginnie Kenney

    This has been very helpful to me, a REAL beginner!! Thank you so much.

  6. Abriannah

    Hello, I’ve been attempting to learn the violin on my own for a good six years, after my violin teacher quit; I did maybe seven months with her. I just wanted to thank you for giving out these free videos for people like me, who don’t have opportunities to be taught in person. I do have a question concerning holding the violin properly: Every time I try holding it with my shoulder relaxed, my neck feels strained. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Violinist Zlata

      Hi Abriannah, thanks for your comment and I’m glad you like my videos. I can’t give you a good advice on this without being able to analyze what the problem is and what would be the solution in your specific situation. You can be taught in person by me via Skype in the Violin Lounge Academy. See

  7. Ramesh Dilpali

    thank u mam, for this basic video

  8. Debbie

    Thanks for this introduction.You are a great tutor


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