Like any other instrument, playing the violin requires skill and determination. You will need to always be on the lookout for some of the things you can do to make your violin playing interesting and appealing. Being a pro-active learner will help you get acquainted with the various violin-playing tricks and techniques that set apart the learner from the expert. Setting goals will focus your energies so that you are not here and there on your violin learning journey. Carrying out research on different violin techniques and asking your teacher for clarification as you go along will also keep you from getting discouraged. You can then purpose to master them one at a time as you proceed. In this article, we shall explore three of these techniques which you can start working on. They are as follows: Right Hand Finger Action Are there theories you have heard about how the right-hand fingers should or shouldn’t hold the bow? Well, this is a common debate among violin players, and since it has a lot to do with how the bow is held, you definitely need to get rid of any wrong ideas that you may have. The following article dispels some of the common myths that have been doing their round in the violinists’ world: Right hand finger action is a cause for bewilderment by many students. The myth is that the fingers must be trained to move back and forth, to curl and straighten, to effect a proper bow hold. While in principal its true these movements need to occur, the movements are the effect of a chain of events in the bow arm and not the cause of those movements in such bow strokes as spiccato and of course detache & legato. To achieve this, Valborg Leland, who was a disciple of pioneering teacher D.C. Dounis explains one must find the *’naturally inclined position’ with respect to the fingers and wrist of the right hand. Once this is achieve the player can develop a feeling of ease in the right hand as fingers can begin to react to the arm weight. Via Rozanna Violins Great Bow arm movement In violin playing, the bow is what creates the sound. The bow arm has two basic movements: moving the bow vertically between strings, and moving the bow horizontally across strings. In order to achieve a beautiful tone, these movements must be understood and continually practiced. Below are some tips and tricks to help you develop a stronger bow arm. Vertical Movement Between Strings Due to the curved shape of the bridge, the four strings on the violin are in the shape of an arc with G at one end and E at the other. In order to get the bow to come in contact with all four strings, the bow arm moves higher and lower, with the movement originating from the shoulder. The arm is held highest when playing on the G string, and lowest when playing on the E string. […]

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