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Valerio de Franchis
Hi everybody,
I'm Valerio. I am 26 and I live in Rome (Italy).

This is the first time I post (I'm quite shy),
but it's been a year since my first subscription.

So I've been playing for almost a year,
and I would like to have some feedback to my violin and bow holds. So I'm attaching some pictures.

thank you in advance,
hope to hear from you soon!
Valerio de Franchis
11 Responses
Posted: September 15, 2018
Last Comment: October 9, 2018
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Valerio de Franchis
Posted: October 9, 2018

Hi Elke! Alas, I get it .. Ahah. Anyway the reason why I posted the pictures was because I felt unsure about the basics, I didn't want to miss anything (incorrect bow and/or violin holds)
Now, with all the feedback from you about the static things I feel more confident for the "dynamics", so I'll post a video of me playing something. Maybe an etude is better than a piece, I'm not sure..
I'm glad having joined the forum :) thank you!

Elke Meier
Posted: October 9, 2018
Hi Valerio, you are so right: Posture is such a crucial thing. However, posture is not a static thing, it really comes into play when you actually start to play. So, while your posture looks good on a still photo, with your shoulders nice and relaxed, to really tell how it is you need to show us a video clip of your playing. While you are right: posture needs to be good to start with, don't expect that you could get it perfect before you start playing. You will see that over and over again when you watch the posts here that people keep changing things in their setup, that you start out well, but then you learn something new which takes your attention - and all of a sudden something creeps even into the posture that needs to be corrected again. You would be the lone exception around here if it were different in your case... - Welcome to this community of ongoing learners... :)

Valerio de Franchis
Posted: October 9, 2018
Hello Dianne! thank you for your feedback, that makes me feel better. I want my set up and posture to be correct in order to build up solid technique in the future :)

Dianne
Posted: October 8, 2018
Looks Good
Hi Valerio, What a difference between your earlier head position and now. Your head now has a slight tilt down to the chin rest. If you play and still get shoulder pain, then the head should be made just a little more upright. You could always adjust the SAS chin rest tilt. This can also be done with the shoulder rest height. But to tell you the truth, it looks pretty good right now! We'll see what Beth says!

Valerio de Franchis
Posted: October 8, 2018


Valerio de Franchis
Posted: October 8, 2018
hello again..
I come back after some weeks of working up solutions to fix my violin hold and overall posture.
I followed your advice and convinced myself to work with my shoulder rest height and all. I went for "customizing" my bon musica (I almost broke it), and here is the result (pictures). The violin feels way more secure, I'm only unsure if I got the proper head tilt now..

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 16, 2018
Valerio, getting the right set up takes a long time....even 50 years...  :). I'm changing mine up again too. Is your shoulder rest as low as it will go? I agree that you needed a taller chinrest, so now I recommend working with shoulder pad heights. You may even be able to order shorter legs for the shoulder rest.

Valerio de Franchis
Posted: September 16, 2018
Hi Beth!
Wow.. Well to be honest I've been struggling with my set up almost since I started playing. I needed a taller chinrest (with the standard one I found on my violin my neck and left shoulder hurted so bad I couldn't play/exercise more than 20 minutes in a row).
Now I have the 35mm SaS chinrest and the violin indeed is more secure, and my poor shoulder and neck thanked me for the purchase.. But my head posture changed after that, so I wonder if I have too tall a chinrest now.. Ahah I guess these issues are normal in the first years of violin playing though. 

Anyway.. Thank you for having brought this to my attention, I'll try and figure out something

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 15, 2018
Hi Valerio,

Your bow hold looks perfect! Your violin hold looks good too, although I'm wondering if your head is too upright. I think it needs to tilt a bit over the chinrest. It's possible that your'e looking into the camera made your head tilt the other way. Do you feel the violin is secure when you're playing?

Valerio de Franchis
Posted: September 15, 2018


Valerio de Franchis
Posted: September 15, 2018