Violinist Explains How To Shift On The Violin - Violin Basics - Violin Shifting Tutorials


In this video I show some basics steps on how to shift on the violin. Understanding some basic principles will allow you find success with shifting to higher positions on the violin. Don't forget to hit the like button and subscribe to the channel!



Shifting on the violin can be a little challenging at first if you don't know the proper steps.

1) Make sure that you have good posture

2) Bring your left elbow closer into your body to create a pathway for your wrist to shift up the neck of the violin

3) Be sure to keep your "violin shelf" aka your left knuckle and thumb from the left hand in contact with the neck of the violin.

4) BONUS - be sure to relax the knuckle closest to the finger tip as you shift up and down the fingerboard.


Eric Mrugala is from Chicago, IL and started playing the violin at the age of three. He is an active performer and teacher based Massachusetts. Eric is dedicated to erasing lines between audiences and music through performance, and education.

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