Here is what is necessary to check before starting to play- for a beginning violinists, this is very important to form great violin playing habits:
- "Violin Statue" to get the violin on the (left) shoulder (make sure after doing the violin statue that you haven't moved the violin to your chest- we call that a "violin beard!") Here is video of just violin statue.
- Check bow hold- thumb is bent under the frog, fingers are hanging all the way to the edge of the frog, and pinky is on top! If you tell your young violinists this at home they will show you this great bow hold. You can also check this blog entry to see examples!
- Check that feet are a few inches apart and you're standing up straight!
(The video is directly from class- I apologize for the poor quality and if it is difficult to hear, see if it is helpful for your child to practice along, and then practice without the video after it is over)