Tips for Left Hand Violin Technique

If we compare a violinist to a singer, then our left hand is like our vocal cords. We change pitch with our vocal cords and also with our left hand. Before we can ever concern ourselves with articulation or speed, we must develop good left hand form: relaxed, and properly oriented on the violin for our own personal body type. Once we have good left hand form, anything is possible! Playing in tune, vibrato, shifting, and wicked speed!


Sample LH technique lesson from Suzuki book 1
This practice coach video focuses on a review of left hand technique taught in the first 15 units of my Suzuki Book 1 course, Fabulous Fundamentals.

More tips from Unit 3 of Fabulous Fundamentals.

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