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Viola Technique Doctor

Does playing your viola make your neck ache?

Does your viola bow jump on slow notes?

Learn how to play the viola and violin properly with the best technique.

Justin Ward explains, clearly and concisely, good basic viola techniques and equally important, what not to do. 

Violin and Viola Techniue Doctor- sample pageHe covers, among other  points, holding your viola correctly, the correct bow hold and bowing technique.  

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Do you recognise any of these problems? 

 1. My sound is rather scratchy.  How can I make a better sound?

 2. My back and neck aches after I've been playing for only a short while.

 3. I try to relax, but I still get back ache when I play my viola.

Violin and Viola Technique Doctor - sample page - problem 44. My left hand feels uncomfortable.



5. My bow jumps in long slow notes.

6. I can't do an even spiccato.

7. I'm never sure which finger position to use.

8. How do I shift position smoothly?

9. How do I do vibrato?

10. How can I stop my bow bouncing on the string when I start to play?

11. My left hand fingertips get sore.

As you can see, the text is clear and concise.  Whether you are a beginner or an old hand, you will find the book a great help in getting you playing better with a fluent technique.

What's more you will ENJOY your playing a lot more.

Violin and Viola technique Doctor - cover pageGo on be a devil - click the book to buy it now and play your viola better then ever.




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