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November 3rd


a) Left Hand FLAT Thumb - helps with neutral position and eventually vibrato

b) Tips of fingers for clean tone & use the bony skeleton

- 2 & 3 should hug each other when doing high 2

c) Slow Down let the brain adjust it's muscle memory in an efficiant way.

d) Middle & Thumb together

e) Thumb at the tip pushing the stick into the middle finger

f) Thumb NEUTRAL or curved but not hitch hiking

g) Hug the stick with your index finger

h) Middle & Ring finger are together


Scales & Arpeggios (Quarter, Eighth & 4 Notes Slurs) - metronome at

    C-Scale - 1 Octaves                                        C-Arpeggio (C, E, G)

    G-Scale (F#) - 2 Octaves                                 G-Arpeggio (G, B, D)

    D-Scale (F#, C#) 1 Octave                              D-Arpeggio (D, F#, A)

    A-Scale (F#, C#, G#) - 1 Octaves                   A-Arpeggio (A, C#, E)



    F-Scale (Bb) - 1 Octaves                                  F-Arpeggio (F, A, C)

    Bb-Scale (Bb, Eb) - 1 Octaves                         Bb-Arpeggio (Bb, D, F)

    Eb-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab) -1 Octaves                    Eb-Arpeggio (Eb, G, Bb)




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


    - First align your (left hand) thumb next to the first piece of tape between the 1st and

       2nd piece of tape.

    - The tip of the thumb should be under  the finger board from the side of the neck

       and not be sticking out AT ALL.

    - 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)


5) Bowing

    -Then curl your Right Hand thumb tip to side of the stick between  the bow grip and

       the frog. MUST BE AT THE TIP!

    -  Curve your 2 middle fingers around the top of the stick at the first knuckle across

       from your thumb. So you are making "C" like shape.  (fingers should be CURLY

    - Tilt your right hand to the left so the index finger makes contact with the stick.

    - Curl and bring out your index finger across the top of the bow between the first

      and second knuckle.

    - Lastly, your pinky should be curved on top of the stick with a slight gap from the

      ring finger.


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