Viola for Beginners: Part 1: Introduction to straight bowing
- Have a passion for music.
In this chapter we will start with learning to make a beautiful sound. Straight bowing, as it is called, can be tricky to master, so I edited and recorded 7 progressive exercises by Nicolas Laoureux for you to practice along with.
Along the way you will learn:
How to hold a violin and bow in a relaxed manner
How to tune your violin
How to use a shoulder rest
Right hand flexibility and strength
The names of all four strings
How to create a beautiful sound on all four strings
From easy to complex string crossings
Several different rhythms
After the third exercise, you can continue working parallel with Chapter 2: The finger patterns
Who this course is for:
- Beginner violists
- 02:41My education project
- 07:02How to hold the bow
- 04:44How to look after the bow
- 04:14The shoulder rest
- 05:49How to hold a viola
- 07:23How to tune a viola
- 07:16Strength and Flexibility in the Right Hand
Mark began his musical journey at the age of 3. From a young age he performed both as soloist and chamber musician. He continued his professional studies at Maastricht Conservatorium (The Netherlands), Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and Tilburg.
I enjoy a diverse professional career that include solo recitals, chamber music, orchestra musician and management and string instrument restoration.
I am passionate about teaching and helping children learn a relaxed controlled technique from the start. This requires a little extra discipline but it will avoid bad habits that will slow down your progress relatively soon and can easily injure wrists, shoulders and back.
Having suffered from that myself from a young age, I have worked hard fine tuning solutions and selecting logically progressing exercises and repertoire that will make you a musician sooner than you would expect!