3 common mistakes when playing violin

One of the most interesting musical instruments, without a doubt, is the violin.

To produce its beautiful sound, it is necessary to use a good technique, which is acquired with the study of the instrument and daily practice.

This, added to a good auditory training, since the violin is an instrument that does not have frets, like a guitar, but its notes are identified by sound.

The violin is ideal for children from 7 years old, age in which the fingers have a little more strength.

And the best thing is that, with the practice of the violin, your child will shape his character and develop important qualities , such as:

patience .


And constancy.

These tools are key to your development and will be very useful for your future.

Not to mention, of course, that your child will stand out a lot, singing such an elegant musical instrument.

So, if your little one is a fan of the violin and wants to start learning this wonderful instrument, I encourage you to give them the opportunity to study it and enjoy an activity that will help them reach their full potential.

Precisely, thinking of giving you additional help, before your artist begins his learning, today we will let you know the most common mistakes when learning violin, with the aim that your little one gets the most out of his classes from the beginning and the enjoy completely.

Let’s see.

1) Bad posture

It is important that you know that adopting a bad posture is one of the most common mistakes when starting to learn the violin and one that must be corrected immediately.


By adopting the correct posture, you get the right sound on the instrument (in fact, it is one of the foundations for learning to tune any instrument).

It is a very effective way to avoid future injuries.

Of course, at first it will be something that requires more attention, but with continuous practice, your little one will get used to it until good posture becomes something very natural for him/her.

So what is the correct posture when playing the violin?

The back should be straight and relaxed.

The violin should stay horizontal (not moving up and down).

The clavicle and chin support the instrument and not the shoulder.

The arm with which the violin is taken must be completely straight, that is, without bending the wrist.

The bow should be gripped in the other hand, firmly but loosely.

Extra tip: when playing with sheet music, the ideal is to place the music stand on the left, to maintain the correct posture (if the music stand is forward, it is possible that you lower the instrument and adopt an incorrect posture).

It is essential that from the beginning you work in an appropriate posture, until it becomes natural.

And nothing better than daily practice to achieve the desired results on the instrument.

2) Not using adequate pressure on the bow

Another common mistake is not applying the correct pressure with the bow when playing the violin.

Not applying the necessary amount of pressure on the strings will result in less than optimal sound quality.

For example: if the bow is pressed very hard against the strings, the sound tends to be rough (rasposo) and on the other hand, if it is pressed very lightly, the violin can make a sound quite similar to a whistle.

A good guide, provided by a trained teacher, accompanied by the correct method and above all, daily practice, will teach your child the correct way to press the bow on the strings, to obtain an excellent sound.

Extra tip: to get a good sound it is necessary to maintain a good point of contact.

This is located between the fretboard and the bridge.

For this reason, care must be taken that the bow does not play so close to the bridge, since we can make the mistake of touching a different string than the one we want to play.

3) Very long practice sessions

It is true that practice makes perfect, however you should know that, to achieve true results on any instrument, practice sessions should not be long.

Spending too much time practicing can be exhausting and sometimes frustrating, which can demotivate your little one.

It is best to start with short practices of 15 minutes.

The important thing is that these are daily, to form a good habit and then you can extend the amount of time, depending on the need.

Remember that, if your little one wants to learn this incredible instrument, there is nothing better than being sure that it is the perfect choice for him/her, according to his/her tastes and aptitudes.

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