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Unformatted text preview: Repeat this process on the D string. Have the students echo patterns from the top of the D scale descending. Establish an easy warm-up from the beginning using the D scale. Getting the violin into proper playing position Begin by having the students hold the violin firmly with two hands. One hand should be placed on the vibrato button and the other touching the end button. Raise the violin above the head and sway back and forth. This loosens the muscles and squares the shoulders to prepare for the violin. Lower the violin at an angle with the scroll higher than the chin rest. Make sure that the violin comes to the students and not the opposite. This way there will be less tension. The end button should be to the center or left of the hollow in the students throat. The violin should not be held as a necktie. Practice holding the violin with the jaw and swinging the arms to encourage a relaxed motion....
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- Spring '08