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Please memorize the following parts of the viola:
1) Sitting Posture- sit on the right corner edge of your chair, feet flat on the floor, and straight back.
2) Concert Rest - while sitting, hold the viola upright on the left knee & hand gripping the body of the viola with your left hand.
3) Playing Posture- bring your viola up to left shoulder. It should come straight out with the chin rest against the neck. Side of chin should fit snuggly. The viola will be tilted at 45 degrees. (You should be able to hold the viola with out any hands if done properly as long as a shoulder rest is on the instrument.)
4) Pizzicato (plucking)- With the viola up in playing posture, put the tip of your right hand thumb against the corner edge of the finger board. Bring the tip of your first finger around to the top of the strings and pizzicato the C-G-D-A Strings. (the C-String is the fattest string)
5) Fingers on the Finger Board
- ALWAYS KEEP A STRAIGHT WRIST
- First align your (left hand) thumb next to the first piece of tape.
- The tip of the thumb should be level to the finger board from the side of the neck and not be sticking out.
- Twist your hand around so the fingers can curl up around the top neck but make sure the hand is far enough back that the fingers can get over the tape.
- Once done check to see if you have a whole between your thumb and first finger underneath the neck of the viola
-Be sure to keep your fingers curved at all times and use the tips of the fingers. (the finger nail should NOT be touching the string so keep the fingernails trimmed) ring finger.
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