We endeavor to produce a tone on the violin that is as loud or soft as we need, as fully varied and flexible in tone color as the instrument we are born with, our voice, and one that can be achieved with efficiency and ease, as free of tension as possible. There is much focus on the bow arm and its contribution to tone production including the well established factors of arm weight, bow speed, and contact point of the hair between the bridge and fingerboard. There is also the notable contribution of vibrato, but I am interested in how the factor of how you hold the violin enhances the tone. I am fullly aware that it cannot be isolated from these other factors, so feel free to relate/interrelate the factors as needed. In reading several members' articles about how they hold the violin and in observing many players from the world-famous to the not world-famous who produce a fine sound, one sees all kinds of postures and stances and ways of supporting the instrument; but perhaps there are certain commonalities or movements/ positions you feel are essential to making what to you constitutes the "best" tone.
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