Violin Method Books
Choose a violin method. Violin methods present lessons in a logical order, from beginning to advanced. An effective method will also include the level of appropriately complementary material to allow you to play songs while learning the basics of your violin and the music theory that comes with it. The ‘Suzuki’ method is one of the most popular. Other methods include the books ‘Belwin String Builder’, ‘All for Strings’ and ‘Muller-Rusch String Method.’ If you want something less regimental, ‘Fun with the Violin’ by William Bay is a good choice.
Tune your violin. There are four strings set in perfect fifths. The string notes are (from thickest to thinnest) GDAE. Before you develop your ear enough to hear the notes, you may want to use a digital tuner to ensure that your instrument is set up correctly. Later you can use a riser or tune a piano. Tune your violin by turning the tunnels on top of your violin. Making a string tighter will raise the note. Making a string looser brings the note down. A digital tuner shows if you need to tighten or loosen a string. The tuner will indicate that you match a green indicator light.
Setting and Bowing
Learn to hold your violin and how to use the bow properly. An effective beginning violin method gives you the essence of this Violin Online (see resources) offers free tips and lessons for beginning violinists that will help you with the right playing position and show you how to hold and move your bow over the strings. Learn to slide properly and bend over the strings in one of the most important aspects of playing the violin. Many beginners either use too much pressure, which causes screaming. Others do not apply enough pressure, causing the bow to bounce on the strings.
First position Scales
Play large and small scales in the first position on your violin to get to know where the notes are. First position scales are essential for improving your ear as well. Beginners should combine playing these scales when using the correct posture and arc technique. Each beginner’s method will teach these scales. Keep a violet finger chart by your side as you practice these scales. The diagram shows you where to play the scales on your violin and where the notes are placed on the music staff. You can buy a simple laminated violet finger chart at a music store or find one online for free (see Resources). The violin is the highest-ranking member of a family of curved stringed instruments that includes the viola and cello. The violin is a versatile instrument that is primarily found in classical music, but just as at home in the role of the violin in bluegrass and a colorful addition to rock bands such as Kansas. There are many violin teaching methods, including the Suzuki method, that emphasize learning to play as you would learn to speak your primary language.