Tips for teaching beginning lefty


Rachel said: May 8, 2015
Suzuki Association Member
3 posts

I’m wondering if anyone has any important tips for teaching violin to left handed beginners.

Thank you for any suggestions you may have.

Rachel Unterseher

Annette Brower said: May 9, 2015
Suzuki Association Member
10 posts

I wouldn’t worry about it. Every person has a dominant hand and violin requires two hands. So something, at some point, will be awkward for everyone.

Annette Brower

Lynne-Marie said: May 10, 2015
Lynne-Marie Friedrichs
Suzuki Association Member
Escondido/Carmel Valley, CA
1 posts

I agree with Annette. I have had a left handed student, and my son also is a lefty and played for a short time. I did not notice any differences between right handed and left handed players.
As an extra little fact, I have heard that the percentage of left handed violinists is greater than the percentage of left handed people in our population. Something to ponder.

Emmy said: May 13, 2015
 9 posts

I have 3 kids who is studying violin and my middle child is lefty. Our teacher does not teach them any differently, but this is what I noticed. With anything left hand related, he can do it way faster than my righty kids. With twinkle, he was immediately able to put his fingers on A strings without any stops. My righty kids took much much longer. Also he can put the fingers on the right place quickly and accurately than my righty kids so he plays in tune better. His wrist does not collapse like my righty kids. He does trills more beautifully than my righty kids. Also recently when the teacher introduced vibrato, he was able to do it pretty quickly, and my righty one still cannot get it. Having said that, my righty ones has better control of bow pressure?, bow speed, anything right hand doing much better than him. He always has hard time with his bow thumb, (he stretches his thumb against bow rather than bent thumb) and he has hard time making his bow arm heavy to produced better/bigger sound.

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