Violin Tips for Beginners

violin tips for beginners

Violin Tips For Beginners РAvoiding Common Problems

By following some general violin tips for beginners, students will be able to avoid common technique problems. Teachers who work with beginning students have to enforce good technique without overburdening students with rules and criticisms. Instead, technical problems should be solved in the context of enjoying music, with both delicacy and a sense of humor.

Some young students allow the instrument to sag and point toward the ground. When the instrument points toward the ground, the bow tends to drift into the fingerboard area, causing the tone to lose body. Also, students become fatigued because their posture is out of balance with all of their weight thrown forward. Additionally, students will notice that their bowing becomes slower and more physically challenging without the weight of the head and shoulders counterbalancing the weight of the instrument.

Many students fail to use the entire bow while playing. Even in pieces that are not complicated, players should utilize the entire bow from the heel to the tip. By ensuring that the elbow moves along with the right hand and that the right arm moves freely, students will enable themselves to use the entire bow while they play.

Some students allow the little finger of their right hand to stick out, as if holding a teacup. This problem creates harsh chords and either not reaching the heel at all or abruptly changing bowing at the heel. When the pinkie is extended, the right hand tends to lock up and lose its flexibility. Therefore, students should always bend the little finger in order to achieve control over bow movement.

Improper positioning of the right thumb is a common problem that beginners face. The thumb should touch the bow between the frog and the leather guard, coming into direct contact with the wood of the bow. To teach correct thumb placement, many teachers ask their students to practice their bow hold on a pencil before transferring the hold to the heavier bow.

Beginners often ignore proper bowing. Using bowing and fingerings designed by a teacher will help the student to play with good style, and correct bowing will also make music much easier to memorize. An “up” bow goes from right to left, while a “down” bow goes from left to right. A down bow tends to be used for more emphasis on downbeats, while an up bow tends to be used on off beats for a slightly more subdued sound.

Some early violin students allow their bow to crash land on the string when they attack a note. The bow should be placed firmly on the string before it is drawn across the string to avoid bouncing and a scratchy, unpleasant attack. The bow should always be drawn from a stationary position on the string, attacking notes on the string rather than from above.

Young students who play the violin should be taught first and foremost to enjoy music and to take pleasure from playing. Technical problems should be pointed out in ways that will help students to increase their enjoyment of playing. Placing violin tips for beginners within this context will make correction more natural and will make students more open to input.


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