Getting started with violin classes can feel so overwhelming for those starting out - we have all been there. A violinist needs to engage in regular practice for years before they feel confident and fulfilled with their sound, intonation and shifting. Then comes high positions, vibrato and bow strokes, etc. As a beginner, you have to give extra attention on, and build solidly on the basics. This will help you seamlessly advance on your skills; saving you the stress and frustration of re-learning all the fundamentals again.
When it comes to posture, I am picky with my beginner students in Burbank and Los Angeles. I insist that both hands are correctly placed. Emphasis is also laid on standing straight, reducing any form of tension. Arm levels is another aspect I ensure they always get right. When playing on the strings, there is a standard positioning level for both hands. When the left arm is not placed at the correct level, students will feel frustrated with their results. You will also not get accurate intonation with an awkward positioning. Your right arm will most likely hit other strings, producing an undesirable sound if wrongly placed.
To help my Burbank and Los Angeles beginner violin students build muscle – training their fingers on where to go – I normally place tapes on the fingerboard. Then, we take it a step further. We practice in front of a mirror – the idea is to ensure students can watch themselves play and monitor the movement of the bow. This will help them maintain a parallel position between the bridge and fingerboard. Playing too close to either side will produce awful sounds.
Does the whole concept of learning the violin seem daunting? Relax. We all had that feeling. However, with proper devotion and a seasoned tutor to take you through the process step by step, you will notice great improvement within a relatively short time. Follow me closely, and you will soon experience a quicker and much easier path to becoming a pro; not just in violin, but as a musician.
For more questions or inquiries contact Los Angeles Music Teachers at (818) 209-2620
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