Common Problems with Violin and Viola Instrument Position
Avoid sticking chin out, or raising shoulder.
In this picture the student is raising his left shoulder. Notice how this affects the position of the entire left arm and left hand.
In this picture the chin is sticking out, the instrument is drooped in front of the body, and the left hand becomes responsible for supporting the instrument. This will cause intonation problems, and could cause physical damage to the tendons of the left arm.
Watch for these common problems in the beginning stages of instruction. Repeat the entire process of bringing the instrument into position frequently. Problems are likely to creep in whenever key concepts are not reviewed.
Remind students to keep "nose, scroll, elbow, toe, all in a row"
The things you review will
get better, and the things you ignore will get worse.