How To Hold The Violin

As a new violinist, it's important to learn how to get your instrument out and ready to play.

One of the devices that most people use when playing the violin is a shoulder rest.  A shoulder rest attaches to the violin and gives you an extra space between the instrument and shoulder making it more comfortable to play.

 It's important to make sure that the shoulder rest is adjusted properly for the player's height and comfort level. Adjust the height of the feet as well as position on the violin until it fits and feels comfortable. The high point of the shoulder rest goes on the shoulder and the lower point rests on your chest. Place a sticker on the lower side of the shoulder rest so it’s easier to remember where to put your shoulder rest each and every time. Attach the lower side of the shoulder rest with the sticker marking to the side of the violin without the chin rest. Next, connect the other side by attaching the feet and slowly sliding the shoulder rest on. You will then need to adjust the shoulder rest until it feels comfortable with your head looking straightforward and with the violin to the side at a slight angle. After you have the feet on the right place, mark the shoulder rest placement with stickers on the violin. 

The main goal when holding the violin is to hold it with your shoulder. Your head should look straight ahead with your neck straight up, not bent over. When you get your violin into the right spot put stickers next to the feet of your shoulder rest so that every time you put on your shoulder rest you know exactly where it needs to go. 

You need to hold your violin entirely with your chin so that your left hand is free to move around the fingerboard. Keep your left hand straight and relaxed, making sure to not bend your wrist. Your thumb goes between the first and second finger tapes with your hand making a nice round C shape. 


(Remember to remove your shoulder rest after playing before putting your violin back in its case.)