How To Play The Violin - The Basics

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If you have always desired to study how to play the violin, you can. Of course, many people think that it's easier to begin when you are young, but really, you can study how to play the no matter how old you are.

You want to start by selecting a well-made instrument. Violins are expensive but you don't need to spend more than you can afford. There are a lot of quality used violins available to purchase. And used instruments oftentimes sound better than a new one.

Next you should find somebody qualified to teach lessons. It can be a professional or a friend or relation when just starting.

The opening important lesson needs to be holding the violin the right way. Do this wrong and not only will you be uncomfortable, you could even suffer a stress injury. Here's how you do it correctly. Place your left arm (if you happen to be right handed) under the body of the instrument. Then curl your fingers on top the neck as you hold the neck with your left hand. The chin rest of the violin should be between your chin and your left shoulder and your fingers and hand will be set over the strings. The bow will be in your right hand which will be utilized to bow or pick the strings.

Once you've mastered holding the violin the right way, you can start to learn how to finger notes on the instrument. Some stringed instruments like guitars have frets. Violins do not. The way to experience where every note comes on the fretboard is by ear.

There are four places on the instrument you'll have to recognize. The first spot is located the furthest away from your face and produces low pitched notes. Nearer to your face and furthest up the neck will produce the highest notes. That is the 4th position. Every string on the violin is tuned to a particular note from lowest to highest. In the open position (no digits on the fretboard) these notes are G, D, A, and E. Other notes are played when you finger the fretboard in different locations.

You play notes either by plucking them (called "pizzicato") or by drawing the bow across the strings in a lengthy steady stroke.

In addition to learning how to play the violin, you'll also need to learn how to read music notes. If you do not know how to read music prior to learning how to play, you can start by studying music in a more introductory manner either by attending classes, having somebody experienced in music instruct you, or reading on your own to a certain degree by going on the Internet and searching out different tutorials. Then find some quality violin sheet music prepared for beginners and you're ready to go.

If you don't possess the time to travel to lessons, you can study how to play the violin on the Internet. You can pick up a tremendous online course by visiting Discount Violins. We also present you good bargains on violins for all accomplishment stages from novice to expert.

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