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
Do you experience tension or pain while or after playing the violin? In this video I show you stretching exercises that relax your neck:
You can have a correct and comfortable violin posture when sitting down even during long rehearsals and concerts:
Playing tips, massage techniques and stretching exercises to heal and prevent cramps in your left hand and the mouse of your thumb:
Learn how to hold the violin properly and play with a great sound! This video shows your full body posture: feet, knees, hips, spine, arms and hands
With the Kreddle cushion it’s easier and more comfortable. I interview Jordan Hayes about the advantages of playing the violin without a shoulder rest:
80% of violinists have pain while playing. By changing your violin hold, way of bowing and adjusting your chinrest you can play comfortably. Watch now:
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.
How do you stay in touch with your love of music in practicing and performing on the violin?
How do you enjoy playing for an audience and express yourself through your music?
Jennifer Roig-Francoli is an inspiring violinist and Alexander technique teacher with a big heart and a lot of love for 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.
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.
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.
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.