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How to Do a Right Elbow Swing on Violin

Learn the right elbow swing for the violin from musician Julie Artzt Becker in this Howcast video.


Sometimes you're going to need to be able to use all of the strings sort of like a roll. In order to do that, you need your elbow to swing back and forth and it is sort of like a child on a swing going back and forth, back and forth.

And this is how it's done. Going from the G string, rolling to the D, A, and E and then back. A, D, G. This is what your elbow should look like and then I'll explain a little bit more.

Now the elbow is a very strong force in the right hand. The elbow is very important in that when you first begin, it's leading everything. When you play, you start with curled fingers like we've spoken about in previous segments. And then, in the elbow is about, usually the elbow is about a tiny bit lower than the wrist and the fingers like so. And then as you go, it stays that way on all the strings. So obviously, as you're going, you know, to the higher strings, your elbow's going to go lower as well. And then, it goes back up. And you sort of feel it leading both ways so it bleeds down before the strings even hit the next note. It's an upward motion and a downward motion so down, up.

So, that's the elbow swing on the violin.

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