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!
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Sample LH technique lesson from Suzuki book 1
Videos about left hand violin technique
Blog posts and articles
Scales as our secret antidote to poor intonation. Although Lora provides some good ideas on how to practice scales, it is liberating to know that the most important thing is to just do it! Practice your scales in any way you can. You will discover your inner Jedi!
Free worksheet which helps violin students expand their vibrato palette by exploring 9 different combinations of vibrato speed and width.
What is the block fingers method for the left hand on violin? Come find out and see why I teach the “spider fingers” method instead for violin technique.
Yes, old hands can learn violin vibrato. Ready my tips for how to train your hands to do vibrato.
5 easy tips to fix a collapsing pinky finger for violinists.
Whether you are working with an in-person teacher to learn vibrato, or are trying to learn violin vibrato online, watch out for this common problem.
Callouses are normal and can be beneficial for violinists, buy they can be excessive. If yours bother you, here are some tips.
Yes, you can play the violin with large fingers. Here are some tips.
They say that opposeable thumbs are what enabled Humans to adapt and evolve technologically. In the world of violin playing, those darn thumbs can create problems…but it’s easy to solve. Read on.