Violin Position

Want to know the right way to hold your violin?

Violin Front View

 • Place the violin on your left collar bone, and rest the left side of your jaw on the violin chin rest.

• Hold your violin parallel with the floor, angled slightly to the left of a straight forward position.

Violin Back View

• Keep your wrist gently rounded and avoid resting your wrist against the neck of the violin.

• Maintain a curved, open space between your left thumb and index finger.  

Some violinists find it helpful to use a shoulder rest to hold up their violin. View sample shoulder rests:

Bow Front View

Relax your fingers, slightly turn your wrist to the left, and let your fingers gently curve over the top of the violin bow stick, with the pinky finger resting on the top of the bow stick.

Bow Back View

The tip of your bent thumb should touch the frog contact point, and your middle finger is opposite from the thumb.

Bowing Tips

Why do I need rosin? 

Rosin provides your bow hairs with friction. Without rosin, the bow will slide across the violin strings and produce a faint sound. Learn more at Violin Online's Rosin & Sound.

Ready to make a sound? 

Slightly tilt the wood of your violin bow towards the fingerboard and draw your violin bow in a straight line so the bow remains parallel to the bridge.

How can I make loud sounds? 

You can produce loud sounds with heavy bow pressure and by drawing the bow close to the bridge.

How can I make soft sounds?  

You can produce soft sounds with light bow pressure and by drawing the bow close to the fingerboard.

Want a great tone quality? 

If you want to produce a great sound on your violin, focus on these three aspects of your bowing: 1) bow placement, 2) bow speed and 3) bow pressure.

Do you have a level arm and bow?

While playing on different strings, keep the level of your arm and bow constant. Make sure your elbow is not drooping or clinging to the side of your body while playing.