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October 5 2 months ago

How to hold the violin properly

how to hold the violin

Have you decided to learn the violin? Although it can be a bit challenging, the entire experience can be very satisfying. Violin teaches you patience, dedication, and perseverance. In the beginning stages, you may find it difficult and overwhelming. However, the right knowledge and a good grasp of techniques can help you immensely in your training. As a beginner, the most basic technique that needs to be perfected is the way you hold your violin.

Although it is a small instrument as compared to many other instruments, it needs to be properly aligned to your entire body. We will discuss 3 aspects that you need to work on to ensure that you are holding the violin in the right manner.

Achieving right posture

Wondering how a good posture helps you play the violin? With the right posture, you can avoid long-term injuries. By practicing a good posture while playing the violin, you are essentially creating a healthy way to express your creativity without affecting your body. You will be able to play with ease which can help you to showcase your potential better. Also, the right posture can help keep good eye contact with your audience without any strain. Now, let’s discuss how to achieve it.

  1. Body posture while sitting or standing- If you plan to play the violin seated, make sure to sit on the front half of a firm chair with a straight back. When standing, the distance between your legs should be a little less than shoulder width. Always, keep your right foot slightly behind your left foot.
  2. Upright position- Keep an upright position without slouching. This will help you to play without strain. Maintain a straight posture but relax your muscles so that you find yourself flexible while playing the violin.

Positioning the violin

As a beginner, you may find that the violin can be an uncomfortable instrument to play. However, you can try to make it comfortable for you with good positioning. Here are the steps to get the positioning right.

  1. Placing the violin- Start by resting the violin on your left collarbone. The neck of the violin should be facing outwards. Get yourself comfortable in this position. Shoulder rests are usually advised to help you feel comfortable while playing. You can use shoulder rests which are available separately. Consider your shoulder shape while purchasing it. While it is possible to play without shoulder rests, your violin learning experience can get uncomfortable and in the process of achieving your goals, you may injure yourself.
  2. Placing the chin and jaw- Lower your head slowly and place your chin on the chin rest. Make sure there is no strain while doing this. Tilt your head a little to the left so that your jaw and chin are placed comfortably on the chin rest. Keep the violin at an angle so that from your nose a line should extend outwards.

Make sure you don’t grip the violin with your jaw, chin, and shoulder. It should feel natural and comfortable without any tension.

Playing the violin with the right hold

After achieving the right posture and positioning, it’s time to start playing the violin. Below are a few important tips that you should follow while playing the violin.

  1. Hold the violin in place- Always keep the violin parallel to the floor. Due to bad posture, it may drop while playing. Keep a check on posture and keep correcting the hold. It may be difficult initially. By practicing consistently, you can create the right habits. While playing, you may notice that the violin keeps shifting from the left to the right. Just make sure that it does not deviate too much.
  2. Hold the neck and bow properly- With your left thumb and left forefinger, gently hold the violin’s neck. The violin should be placed on the knuckle of the left thumb. Make sure none of the other fingers touch the neck of the violin. Your left wrist and forearm should be straight. Hold the bow in your right hand. The thumb should rest on the side of the bow that faces you. Just make sure your little finger of your right hand is resting on a screw and the forefinger is resting on the bow’s pad. While playing, keep the bow hair flat.

Good posture and positioning give you good mobility while learning to play the violin. Relax your body muscles before playing. You can play in front of a mirror to check your overall positioning and posture. Hold the violin upright, face forward, and start playing.

While playing, consider that the violin and bow are a part of you or an extension of yourself. This will allow you to play it more naturally and comfortably.

Violin positioning can a bit hard to master. You can take the help of a private violin teacher, who can guide you throughout your violin learning journey and can even correct you whenever necessary. At Music4humans, you can find excellent violin instructors. Start perfecting your skill and book a violin lesson today!

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Piano techniques

How to improve your piano techniques when learning?

Let’s begin with a myth-buster- It is not true that only people with large hands can play the piano. Even a person with average-sized hands can play the piano well. Many child prodigies can play incredible pieces with brilliance using their tiny hands.

Many aspiring musicians have tried to learn how to play the piano by taking online music classes in the wake of the pandemic. Passion, perseverance, and dedication are crucial when learning a musical instrument online. If you begin your music-learning journey by learning to play the piano, you will find these tips extremely helpful.

Mythbuster

Some individuals may have natural piano hands. As a result, they can play the piano with complete ease. However, it is not too late for those who may not have realistic piano hands to develop the piano playing technique with simple exercises and practice. Healthy piano playing technique can help you learn the piano faster and avoid unnecessary body ache. So here’s how to improve your technique when learning piano.

The various aspects of piano techniques playing

  1. Flexibility- When learning to play a musical instrument such as the piano, mobility of hands and fingers is crucial. Fingers should work independently without muscle tension. Some primary hand and finger exercises can help improve flexibility.
  2. Dexterity- You need to move around the keyboard while learning to play the piano quickly. Moving from one position to another using hands must be done effortlessly. You can express the compositions better by developing finger dexterity and fluidity.
  3. Strength- You may have seen pianists playing their pieces continuously for a long time. The power required to play the piano does not lie only in the fingers. The internal strength comes from the arms and the body of the pianist. When learning to play the piano as a beginner, you can develop this at a slow pace.
  4. Finger control- For a fast-paced composition, fingers should move fast while ensuring the perfect rendering of every individual note. For a slow piece, release each key delicately so that each note expresses its intent.
  5. Body posture- Always sit comfortably while playing a musical instrument. It may be the first piece of advice any good music instructor will give you when beginning to learn how to play a musical instrument. The correct body posture exhibits confidence. It also avoids neck and backaches as you may have to sit for long hours during your instrument learning classes. So before beginning your online piano lesson or practice session, take time to settle yourself and ensure you are seated in a good posture.

Develop your piano technique while playing with these tips

  1. Improve hand and finger dexterity by playing scales. Playing scales may seem tedious, but it is one of the most effective methods to improve hand and finger dexterity. It improves finger strength and inculcates rhythm in your fingers. Incorporate practicing scales in your routine. It can be done before your online music lesson and should be a part of your practice session. Practicing scales can also help you strengthen weak hands or fingers.
  2. You can also try to practice arpeggios in your piano learning classes to improve your technique when learning piano. It is a type of broken chord. Practicing this softly, loudly, and at various speeds can strengthen your fingers.
  3. Use a metronome and slowly increase your speed while training to play the piano. It will help strengthen fingers and will improve flexibility and agility.
  4. The wrist should generally be elevated and curved while playing the piano. It will allow your fingers to be more flexible.
  5. Using basic exercises like squeezing and releasing fingers and crumpling a paper into a ball with fingers before practice sessions can slowly improve finger strength.
  6. Get out of your comfort zone and practice challenging compositions. Constantly challenge yourself when learning to play a new instrument. It will help you progress faster in your musical instrument learning.
  7. Take a deep breath before you start playing the musical instrument. Your hand and finger muscles will relax, and this will help you focus.
  8. Take breaks often. Adequate rest is essential when you learn to play an instrument.

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