Steps for establishing the proper violin and viola stance
Step 1: Stand tall with feet
together (Frame 1 of image at left).
Step 2: Place the feet in
a "V" position (Frame 2 of image at left).
Step 3: Move the left foot
slightly forward and to the left. Rock back and forth between the two
feet and feel the transfer of the weight (Frame 3 of image at left).
There are several string pedagogues including Shinichi Suzuki who advocate this
approach, with the left foot very slightly in front and bearing the larger share
of the weight:
Paul Rolland advocated "weight transfer" between
the two feet while playing.
Some pedagogues like Kato Havas prefer
the feet to be
on the same plane (4th frame of image at left), shoulder width apart,
with the weight evenly distributed between the two feet:
Both approaches can be effective.
POSTURE • INSTRUMENT SIZING • INSTRUMENT POSITION
BOW HOLD • BOW STROKE • INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLS • ADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS
LEFT HAND POSITION • SHIFTING • VIBRATO • ADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS