Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we just need to make sure you’re not a robot. Violin teaching children violin is one of the most rewarding and beautiful instruments to play. The road to learning the violin is a long one, but with patience, discipline, and enthusiasm, these steps will help you start down the road to success with this storied instrument. If you’re just starting out with the instrument, there’s no need to spend an excessive amount of money on a violin, but like most instruments, the quality of the violin generally rises as the price goes up.
Expect to spend a few hundred dollars on a decent beginner’s violin. You can also ask the shop to measure your arm length to see what size violin you need. When holding the violin in the playing position, straighten your left arm and the tops of your fingertips should be near the top the violin scroll. If your arm is way past the top, the violin is too small. Music stores stake their reputations on selling solid instruments that are free of obvious flaws and damage. As a beginner, you won’t be able to coax a very pleasant sound from your instrument for some time, so flaws in privately sold violins might not be apparent to you until it is far too late to complain.
Only buy from a store or individual you can trust. Unless you have purchased the instrument only, your violin outfit should come with a violin with four strings, a bow, and a carrying case and most of the time a chin rest and rosin for your bow. The bow should be new, or newly re-haired. The hair of the bow should be a uniform width from end to end. You can get your bow re-haired for a small fee at most music shops. This is usually attached to the violin when the violin is built.
Fiddlers, if they sing while performing, often hold the violin in the crook of an arm while playing, with the butt resting against their shoulder. For them, chin rests and shoulder rests are generally pointless. A tuner is a small device that clips on to the scroll or the pegs of the violin. It is useful for beginners if you are teaching yourself, as it can be used to make sure you are playing the notes correctly. But once you know how to play the notes, the tuner isn’t of much use anymore except for tuning the instrument itself. Be sure to take it off before big performances though, as it looks unprofessional.
Play the Violin Step 4 Version 5. Once you’ve set up your music stand and sheet music, open the case and remove the bow. The hair of the bow should be limp. Tighten the bow hair by turning the end screw clockwise until the space between the hair and the stick is big enough to pass a pencil through cleanly from tip to tip. The hair shouldn’t be too limp, or too tight. Don’t use your pinky finger as a gauge because the oil from your skin will transfer to the hair, which needs to remain oil-free to get the best sound from the strings. Play the Violin Step 5 Version 5.
In warmer climates, light is preferred, dark is recommended in more northern areas. If you live in an unpredictable climate, it is advisable to have both. It’s usually a rectangle of hard, translucent material in a paper or cardboard casing that’s open on two sides. Too much rosin will cause the bow to grip too well, producing a scratchy sound.
If this is a newly haired bow, it may need more rosin than normal. Draw the flat side of the bow hair across a string to see if it makes a clear sound after three or four strokes of rosin. If it doesn’t, add a couple more. Play the Violin Step 6 Version 5. Set the bow aside for a moment and take the violin out of the case. The strings, in order from lowest tone to highest, should be tuned to G, D, A, and E. 20 depending on the quality and brand.
Not all violins have fine tuners, but they can be installed by a shop. Some violins may have only one fine tuner, on the E string. Some violinists can make do with just that one fine tuner, while others may prefer to get the rest. Play the Violin Step 7 Version 5. Use the balance point to learn to hold the bow and even out the weight. Place the tip of your pinky on the flat part of the stick near the base, keeping it slightly curved. Your hand should be relaxed and loose, and somewhat rounded as if holding a small ball.
Don’t let your palm close or rest on the bow. This reduces the control you have over the movement of the bow, which becomes increasingly important as your skill increases. Play the Violin Step 8 Version 5. Stand or sit with a straight back. Pick it up by its neck with your left hand and bring the butt of the instrument up to your neck. Rest the lower back of the violin on your collar bone and hold it in place with your jaw. To learn notes, however, you should hold it guitar style and buy a music book.
Play the Violin Step 9 Version 5. Place your hand under the top part of the neck and support the violin so that the scroll is pointing out away from you. Hold it steady by resting the side of your thumb on the neck, and allow your four fingers to arch over the fingerboard, which is the black plate covering the front of the neck. As a beginner, your hand should be as far up the neck as possible while still allowing your pointer finger to come down on the fingerboard. Eventually, you’ll learn to slide your hand up and down to reach higher notes quickly. Play the Violin Step 10 Version 5. Pull the bow along the string as straight as you can, parallel to the bridge, applying a small amount of pressure.
If you play too close to the bridge, it may also sound scratchy. Tilt the bow slightly toward the scroll and your tone will be more focused, producing a more professional sound. Play the Violin Step 11 Version 5. Open strings are simply strings played without fingertips on them. Rest the neck of the violin in the space between the left thumb and first finger. Hold the bow with your wrist, elbow, shoulder and contact point on the string within one plane. Change strings by raising or lowering the elbow to bring the bow to the proper height.