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
i) INDEX for PRESSURE & PINKY for LIFT
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)
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
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 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.
FIRST FINGER LOVES THE NUT AT THE BASE OF THE FINGER
- 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)
-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
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