Statue of Liberty Posture

When we teach Suzuki violin beginners proper instrument placement, it is helpful to reference the Statue of Liberty. For beginners, proper placement of the violin is easiest coming from ABOVE, not from BELOW. Help your student raise their violin up ABOVE their head, with a straight arm (like the Statue of Liberty), then lower the…

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Beginner Bow Exercises, (To Be Done Without The Instrument)

The concert master of The Orchestra at Temple Square, often reminds us violinists that “we play the bow, not the violin.” I love this concept! Perhaps I should start telling people I am a ‘bowist’ rather than a ‘violinist?’ Ha, ha, ha… But seriously and emphatically — beautiful sound starts with the bow. Suzuki teachers…

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