The music festival or music season attracts music lovers across the globe. There are a variety of instruments that are taught, famous among which is the guitar, keyboard, drums, and Violin. As an aspiring violinist, you may become familiar with the different kinds of violins such as the Filbert Violin, Stentor Violin, and Cecilio Violin. One of the challenging aspects about learning violin is assuming a comfortable posture while playing this incredible instrument. If you go one step behind, even more important is to learn about the different parts of the Violin. Once you are familiar with your instrument and its components, the next step is to understand how to use it.
Tips to hold and play your Violin
As a Violinist, you will understand that one of the most important requirements is the posture. A correct posture requires holding the bow at the precise angles to produce the tone or note. There are a number of useful tips to help you assume a comfortable position while playing the Violin. Though these may sound basic, it will make a huge difference to your musical delivery if you inculcate these habits right from the start.
- You may choose to play the Violin either by standing up or sitting down. Either way, you must avoid slouching when you play for long periods of time either at practice or during concerts. In the long run, such poor posture can lead to chronic injuries. On the other hand, when you assume an upright posture, it infact creates enough space between your body and the Violin to help your arm and bow move comfortably. Basically, it gives you scope to exercise a full range of motion. Further, a good posture will also strengthen your back as opposed to a slouching position.
- When you rest the Violin, you must place it between your chin and left shoulder. Your left hand will be used more while playing and it needs to more agile as you take up advanced learning including access to higher positions on the Violin. A poor posture or holding position will have a long term negative impact even on the best of musicians. Hence a physical accommodation while playing the Violin is a non-negotiable requirement.
- The Violin should be rested on your collarbone, tucked under your chin, without straining your neck while applying a gentle weight of your head. This is supported by left hand and shoulder. Use a shoulder pad to support the gap between the Violin and the shoulder. The main purpose of the shoulder pad is to provide friction so that the Violin stays in position.
- You can use chin rests to provide a comfortable position for the jaw, while at the same time protect the Violin’s varnish, and adjust the distance between the collarbone and the jaw. Flatter chin rests are a better choice than contoured versions for obvious reasons.
- When you hold the Violin, avoid tightening your grip and instead support it with your left hand.
Once you correct your basic posture, you will realise how easy it becomes to play your Violin without straining your body.