Play the Violin Fluently and Comfortably
Learn to have a relaxed posture, so you can play the violin beautifully for hours
Choose a comfortable chinrest and shoulder rest that ensure a good violin hold, train a flexible bow hold and learn a healthy way of violin playing
85% of violinists experience pain while playing the violin!
Expressing your emotions through music, fluent bowing, fast playing, playing in tune and inspiring performances are NOT possible when you are tensed up.
Jennifer Roig-Francoli is an inspiring violinist and Alexander technique teacher with a big heart and a lot of love for music. She teaches violinists to play with ease, so they can make beautiful music.
Large viola's have a full and deep sound, but it might be difficult to reach all notes with your left hand. This video teaches you how to position your left hand and thumb, so you can easily place your fingers on the right spots. Don't worry that your arms or hands...
This episode is all about how to have a relaxed and flexible bow hold and bow smoothly with a beautiful tone.
For your left hand fingers to be able to reach the spots on the string easily, you need to move your left elbow a bit. The default position of your left elbow is to drop it under the violin. Your elbow points to the floor and your left arm is relaxed.
In this video I show you several ways to adjust your shoulder rest, so it matches the shape of your body and fits like a glove.
I’m giving my opinion in a very dangerous discussion here: whether to use or not to use a shoulder rest. Some people think you can’t play the violin comfortably without a shoulder rest. Others say that shoulder rests ruined violin playing. The discussions around this topic can be very heated. People are very secure about their own opinion.
Some people spend fortunes and a lot of time and frustration on trying out new chinrests and shoulder rests. The important thing to realize here is that it’s not all in the material. No shoulder rest or chinrest can compensate a bad hold or balance.
The bow hold that is optimal for your sound and playing technique, is a very strange hold. If you do this in a tensed way, your muscles can’t do it very long. Every beginner, certainly if you have arthritis or fibromyalgia, should work on the movement in the bow hold instead of focussing on keeping a strained hold.
In the video I demonstrate the effortless movement of using your wrist and fingers as a spring system. Violin playing shouldn’t cost a lot of effort in a short time. It should be refined, fluent and relaxed. In the end of the video I show you a jellyfish exercise.
In this episode I’m going to review a product that I’ve been using for almost twenty years and that is an all time favorite amongst my students and clients. It’s the Wolf Forte Secundo shoulder rest.
You need to hold your violin or viola in a relaxed way. You need to keep your left arm under the violin or viola in a relaxed way.
Your left hand fingers however need to be very strong and sporty. In this way your left hand will be relaxed, your finger tips won’t hurt and your intonation (playing in tune) will be more accurate.
In this episode of Violin & Viola TV I review the VLM (Viva la Musica) Augustin Diamond shoulder rest. Since some years I am using this shoulder rest after using a Wolf Forte Secundo for almost twenty years. Lots of people are interested in what I use and why.
In this episode I review the Wolf Maestro chinrest. Lots of people ask me what chinrest and shoulder rest I use and why. Some months ago I have bought this new chinrest and I would like to let you know my thoughts about it.
It can be really confusing what size viola to choose. This video will help you find out which size viola is ideal for you.
Do you get cramps in your left thumb while playing the violin or viola? Here’s a really simple solution!
If you have to tilt your head a lot while playing violin, your spine goes out of balance and you can feel pain through your whole body. Here’s how to avoid this.
Should you ALWAYS stand up straight when practicing the violin or viola? Is it bad to practice sitting down?
I recommend making a nice square with your elbow slightly below that. This is very comfortable for your arm and produces a nice tone from your violin or viola. Here’s how to do that.
In this episode I’m answering a question from one of my viewers. I’m Thiago, 31 years old and from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, I play the violin for about 5 months. My question is about playing on the G string. What’s the best arm position to play on it? See you on the...
He swore never to use a shoulder rest again when his shoulder rest fell off during a solo concert. He owns a box filled with over ten different shoulder rest all covered in dust, but none of them provided a good solution. After years of playing without a shoulder rest...
In this episode of Violin Lounge TV I answer a question from a viewer. Mike Pearson writes as a comment on my video ‘What to do if your shoulder hurts when playing on the G string': How important is it to rotate your shoulder forward when playing on the G string? My...