Violin and viola are amazing instruments, but have the reputation of being extremely difficult to play. While few skills are easily mastered, many of the challenges associated with these instruments are exaggerated. Given the right instruction, anyone can learn to play well. In my experience both as a student and as a teacher, there are three primary reasons why students of the violin and viola struggle to improve, and none of them have anything to do with natural talent! The student has not been properly fitted for a chin and shoulder rest. Each and every student is physically unique from...