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Violin-viola set up - • Repeat this process on the D...

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Beginning the Violin/Viola Getting started Begin in rest position (guitar position). Find the crease of the left hand. It is the third knuckle from the tip of the finger. Slide the hand up and down the fingerboard, touching the crease of the hand. Maintain contact with the neck of the violin while sliding. Come to rest with the hand near the scroll and place the fingers on the respective tapes. Beginning tapes are generally set in the finger pattern for the D major scale. Place fingers 1,2, and 3 on the tapes so that the highest note is D on the A string. Finally, tap the thumb across from the second finger (the thumb will later move across or behind the first finger). Remember that the fingers should be placed on the violin string so that the inside corners hold down the string and the finger nails face somewhat towards the bridge. Pizzicato the first notes Practice playing a pattern down the tetrachord on the A string. We start at the top of the scale to encourage a properly formed left hand.
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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 student’s 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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