Violin Playing Position

Violin position or holding the violin and the bow is undoubtedly one of the most complex and discussed matters in violin practice and teaching. It seems unlikely that a violinist has not ever needed, at any particular stage, to take decisions about hand, head and feet position during playing. These problems continue to be quite important, for performers as well as teachers. Many violin art theoreticians have made attempts to define most clearly the term “playing position” (in Bulgarian and Russian, “postanovka” – “постановка”).

Because of this term’s importance in theory, teaching and practice, this study’s author believes that it needs to be clarified further. To do this, he analyses the different theoretical approaches attempted to clarify it. This study aims to define certain limitations to it as well, thus distinguishing it from close or similar sounding terms in the theoretical literature.