Violin Beginner Series #5

Lesson #5 of the Violin Beginner Series sheds some light on basic exercises that can be ulilized addressing both left and right hand violin technique. These exercises are essential for proper functioning as concerns finger placement, bow grip, navigating upper and lower half bow technique, and the all important bow grip, or bow hold. This lesson is an essential step toward playing your first melody. Lesson #6 is entitled Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Seven Variations.

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Violin Lessons – Practice Tip #2

Relaxation is a concept often bandied about as an essential element in the pursuit of optimal instrumental performance. The interesting paradox is that while relaxation can be seen as an essentially static endeavor, that is, the state of “being relaxed” a way of achieving this state can be through movement. Shifting exercises, when done smoothly and with a certain economy of movement can induce a state of relaxation in the left hand. These exercises can vary extensively, and there are many published approaches available, a good example is the Sevcik Violin Study Op. 8.