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Violin Notes For Beginners

By Edited Apr 19, 2016 0 0

Violin Notes for Beginners
The violin is a wonderful instrument to learn to play, with its beautiful sound and diverse playing style. It can be a daunting task when first starting, but with practice and some good resources, major steps can be made in learning the instrument. One of the first steps to learning to play the violin is to learn the notes.

Four of the most important violin notes for beginners are G, D, A, and E. These are the four notes that the strings are tuned to, making them important for that reason, but there are others as well. Due to the strings being tuned to these notes, they are easier to play compared to the other notes. Each of these notes can be played by drawing the bow across the corresponding string. This is useful because it allows you to get used to using the bow to create a steady even tone without worrying about maintaining the correct fingering with your other hand. You can also practice bowing multiple strings at once, which will be useful when learning songs.

While using these notes to practice the techniques of the bowing hand it is important to get a strong understanding of these techniques to form a strong base to build from. For example, controlling the speed of bowing and pressure applied to the string will effect the volume, though they will each provide a different timbre. Applying more pressure will result in a harsher noise while faster playing will result in a more pleasant increase in sound.

Another reason why these notes are important comes from music theory. The violin is tuned using perfect fifths, which is one of the most important intervals in music theory. This interval is one of the most commonly found intervals, and is the basis for most chords. For reference, D is a perfect fifth of G, A is a perfect fifth of D, and E is the perfect fifth of A. In addition to this, these four notes in descending order are perfect fourths, another important interval. Having even a basic understanding of music theory can give you an added benefit for learning an instrument, and makes understanding how to play much easier.

Once you are comfortable with playing these notes and with the right hand playing, the next step is to incorporate the left hand to finger the strings. A chart that shows the finger positioning will be a great aid at this point. It's recommended that while using this you practice the various notes on each string until you are comfortable playing them and get a good clean sound each time the y are played. Using the first position fingerings the index finger covers one note, while the middle and ring finger are each accountable for two notes each. The pinkie finger on the other hand, plays the same note as the next open string. So for example, on the G string the pinkie would play a D note.

The violin is a wonderful instrument to learn how to play. Following the tips listed in this article will help get you started, and with the four easy notes of G, D, A, and E, you have an easy way to practice without sacrificing the quality of practice. These tips will help you gain a basic understanding of playing the violin.


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