Back to the Basics

February 22, 2009

My beginning violin students sometimes ask me how it is that I sound so good when I play my instrument.  I tell them that not only have I been playing violin since the age of the dinosaurs, but I also have spent countless hours practicing over the millennia.  Although I don’t practice as much as I used to, I continually revisit the basics as I teach beginners.  It is the strong foundation that makes me sound good.

These violists are reviewing the basic technique of holding the instrument with the chin so the left hand is free to travel up and down the fingerboard.

The exercise involves plucking on the highest string in first position and then traveling up to the end of fingerboard to pluck on the lowest string.  This game is a fun preparation for shifting, and a great review for holding the instrument.

One Response to “Back to the Basics”

  1.   Music Teacher on May 30, 2009 3:25 am

    Yes, such game will definitely help your students learn shifting faster. I have done this with my young students before.

    Thanks for sharing these music teaching tips.

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