3 Steps to a Beautiful Tone | Online Viola Lessons

3 Steps to a Beautiful Tone | Private Viola Lessons

 

 

There are many elements of viola technique that need to be mastered in order to create a beautiful sound. One of the techniques that I focus on from the very beginning is creating a beautiful tone. Today, I’m sharing 3 steps to a beautiful tone.

 

Start With a Good Bow Hold

Having a strong, yet flexible, bow hold is the first step to being able to produce a beautiful tone. The grip must be firm so you can manipulate the bow skillfully, and the fingers should be flexible in order to prevent any breaks in the sound. You can read my tips for establishing a good bow hold here.

You can strengthen your bow hold by performing these bow exercises daily.

 

Bow Weight

Pronating your fingers to push the bow stick towards the viola strings will help you provide enough bow weight to produce a solid tone. The way you add weight to the bow will be different in different parts of the bow, so you will need to experiment as you strive to maintain an even sound.

 

Use Full Bows

When learning how to create a beautiful tone, it’s important to use full bows. This means using all of the bow hair, from the frog to the tip. Using these full bow strokes will create a strong, sustained tone.

 

 

Curious about my teaching philosophy? Read about it here!

 

Heather

 

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