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Preliminary exercises for violin and viola to develop the shape of the left hand

Place the instrument in rest position. Shake hands with neck of instrument. The thumb should be lengthened and straight. Tap thumb on side of neck while in banjo position. This helps to get pinkie finger over the strings.

Note the pinkie is over the strings. This is the correct position for the left hand.

Strum with 4th finger.

Strumming and Tapping exercises like the one shown in this movie help develop good hand position, while keeping tension out of the left hand and arm.


POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

LEFT HAND POSITIONSHIFTINGVIBRATOADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS

 

 
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