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Violin Lessons: The Basics with Ms. Wang

The violin is one of the most soothing, melodic instruments in the world. When the bow hits the strings, the music it plays invokes emotions to the listener and the musician. Playing the violin is not only beautiful, but challenging. Having the right guidance can definitely help you master this wonderful string instrument!

The Violin

The Bow

In class, you will learn more about your instrument. Your violin has different parts, the peg, fingerboard, strings, chin rest fine tuners and more. You will learn when and how to use them when maintaining your violin.

You will also learn about the other half, the bow. The bow consists of the stick, hair, frog and screw. You will learn how to properly hold the bow and how to glide it across your violin.

Hand Positioning on the Violin

The hand position and its changes and lead to a wide range of sounds and beautiful musical colors. One of the more advanced playing techniques is the vibrato. Small differences in these playing techniques with hand position or the vibrato with wrist can make a significant range of sound or coloring during phrases of a solo performances. The hand positioning of held instruments have a neutral relaxed position making a soothing sound as if you're gliding in the air. Other ways of holding the bow are perpendicular and parallel. Some players may want to play with fingers parallel to the strings and that creates a different texture in music. A lot of experimentation can go into finding out the beauty of the violin.

Basic Violin Principles

Often, a musical player can run into compromise with musical phrases being longer than bow length. Attention to good bow techniques can change the long musical phrases with the given bow length. Bowing on a violin can come to some psychics but experimentation can lead to solutions that do not reach the "dead" zone. One technique is known as the "figure eight," which is to not reverse the bow too quickly but to draw a thin figure eight. Active and Passive bowings, the technique of bow changes is often discussed as using wrist motions that change before the bow changes directions. Throughout experimentation, one will discover which elements will come naturally along with the playing of repertoire.


There is a lot to consider when playing the violin. Forming good habits and practice will help enhance the music playing experience and performance.

Posture, listening skills and practice with the proper guidance can bring a lot of joy. Taking care of yourself and maintaining the violin can lead to a beautiful teamwork between musician and instrument.


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