violin hold

A Violin Hold with Charisma

 As every violinist knows, a correct and relaxed violin hold is an essential foundation to build violin playing ability on and it takes practice to feel natural. A great violin hold does something else. It creates the look of the violinist – part of the charisma of the artist performer.

In this post, I describe how I teach young beginners and their parents to get it right – from the very start. (There’s a teaching violin posture video available for TSV members.)

The first step is to get hold of a good shoulder rest. There are so many types out there – and I’ve tried most. The Canadian-made Kun is pretty good. It’s comfortable, easy to adjust, simple to put on and won’t damage the violin. Make sure the rest is put on correctly, with the high side on the left of the upturned violin

. See how I do it below and the five common mistakes: Read More →

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