Zion Music Ensembles
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String Explorer Book 1,
Author: Andrew H. Dabczynski; Richard Meyer; Bob Phillips
Holding your Violin Correctly:
Feet are shoulder width apart
Left foot slightly forward and weight is slightly on left foot
Hold instrument by the left shoulder/bout, instrument is facing outward
Right hand holds the button
Turn instrument scroll down
Place button in middle of neck
Instrument is turned to the left shoulder and is resting on your collar bone and left shoulder.
Holding your Bow Correctly:
Hold your bow near the tip with your left hand, or set the bow on the strings without moving the bow.
Get your right hand loose by pretending to throw water off the tips of your fingers. Then let your fingers hang.
Hang your fingers over the bow (stick), at the second knuckles.
Your thumb is placed between the wrapping and the frog. Thumb should be bent.
Your hand should form a "C" shape that could be a mouse hole.
Violinist should lean their bow hold to the left, causing the little pinky to sit on top of the bow. (this is called pronation)
Holding your Cello Correctly:
Pull end-pin out so your scroll reaches your nose while you are standing.
Feet are shoulder width apart and flat on the ground
Sit on the edge of your chair with a straight back.
Scroll should tickle your left ear
Legs should be around cello but not squeezing it
Left hand may be placed on the shoulder until ready to play notes.
Holding your Bass Correctly:
Pull end-pin out so your scroll reaches your forehead while you are standing.
Feet are shoulder width apart with left foot slightly forward and your weight slightly on the left
The back of the bass should rest on your left thigh.
The bass should be turned toward your body slightly
Pull the bass in toward your body
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