Exercises should be done in short periods of time, resting frequently, to avoid neck pains.
Approach the violin to the neck several times in a row, controlling that the position of the shoulders remains relaxed and the feet separated as we previously mention.
Approach the violin to the neck without losing our
balance position (shoulders down, trunk leaned backward and tummy pulled out) and once you are in the right
position, walk slowly around the room, holding the violin only with the neck, without the help of the left hand!
As the violin weighs and tires a bit, the child will end up leaning down the violin. We will see later why it is important that the violin is parallel to the ground to get a nice sound. Young artist, be
prepared to hear it many times 🙂
¡Raise the violin!
And here comes the moment of truth! We place the violin over our neck for the first time. Certainly, the student has already held it several times at home, but we are not telling this to anyone … 😉
Even though it may seem trivial, holding the violin for the first time is a very important moment, because, usually, this is when the first mistake is made. Let’s say that if the violin will not come the child, the child will go to the violin. I mean, usually it’s just a bit of both things. While we are approaching the violin to her neck, she tends to
approach the violin to hold it better, losing all the resting position and balance we mention previously. When approaching the violin, she often leans forward and when she wants to bring it to the neck she raises the left shoulder to prevent dropping it.
This may cause many future problems. Raising the shoulders is a movement that must be avoided to play the violin.