Proper Posture in Playing the Viola

A proper playing position means a lot for any string instrument players. Considering how long you would play on the stage and also the genre of your music, you need to make sure that you are comfortable throughout the show.

For a viola player, proper posture is the key to a pain-free set-up that would allow you to finish every piece gracefully. Your body and your instrument will become one, ergonomically speaking, while performing so you have to consider the following tips:

  • Hold your viola horizontally sloping in the middle, so the bow is parallel to the floor, with your left hand touching lightly the neck part of the instrument. Get in position and try lightly gripping the fingerboard a few times to know if you’ve placed the viola right without tension.

  • Lean the body of the viola on your collar bone and place your left jaw on the chin rest. You can also use a shoulder rest to help you hold up the viola and make it more secure. Take note that a shoulder rest should not be squishy.

  • Your head should be balanced and free from moving. If your head is stiff, you’re not holding the viola in a proper position. When you’re just starting, the angle should be at a 45-degree angle from the centerline. But you can adjust your position depending on your body frame and to whatever makes you comfortable in the long run.

  • When seated while playing, sit up straight on a ste