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Left Handed Violin

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Traditionally, when playing this instrument (The violin), it is held in the left hand, it also rests on the left shoulder. The player handles the bow with his/her right side. For most people a left handed violin has never crossed their mind.

A majority of the people know that the left has a passive role, while the right hand has an active role in the co-ordination of movements. Moreover; fingering is not as active as bowing and consequently; the body’s left side is left in charge of fingering.

The bow’s movement plays an important role as you play the violin. The action defines the player’s skill. Musicians are in control of the; power, intensity and the sounds nuances, through the perfect control of the movements and the bow’s pressure on the strings.

The Left Handed Violin

Left handed individuals use their left hand with more ease than the right hand. By default; a left handed violin player handles the bow correctly with the left hand. It’s rather unfortunate that playing the violin with the left hand is a new concept thanks to the introduction of left handed violin pieces.

A left handed violin is similar to the regular violin piece. However, with the former; users hold it in their right hand and rest it upon their right shoulder. The bow is held and is coordinated by the left hand.

A piece of advice: a right handed violin cannot be converted into a left handed piece, by placing it on the right shoulder. There are several construction elements that define a left handed violin. In layman’s language; it’s easier to say that a left handed violin is a mirror of a right handed violin.

The left-hand violin piece is design and structured as a left handed piece right from its initiation. There aren’t any chances in the back and on the violin sides. The top and the instrument’s neck are where the changes begin.

Elements That Define a Left Handed Violin

• The bass bar is one particular element. It is featured underneath the bridge’s right leg

• The sound post also goes under the bridge’s left leg

• The strings beginning from the right side to the left are; G-D-A-E

• The peg hole’s position are re-positioned in order to match the strings’ new order

A consequence of the strings’ new order includes the adjustment of the bridge’s shape. Finally, the last element and albeit the most difficult element made is the chin rest for the left handed violin. The chin rest is a mirror image of a right handed violin chin rest.

On the left handed piece; the chin rest is carved to hold the right side of the chin. Unfortunately; left handed violin chin rests are extremely difficult to come across. Their rarity means that they are sold individually and at times separately.


Left handed violin pieces are excellent musical instrument. Other than the position of the player’s hand, these instrument sound as magical as their counterparts. The only hindrance is that they are rare in the market, but once you get one, you will have the opportune chance of enjoying playing the violin!