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Finger Pattern 1

Updated: January 2, 2020

Finger Pattern 1

Do you use Finger Patterns? They're a really useful way of thinking about where to put your fingers on the violin.

Why are they so useful?

Well, if you know which finger pattern you need for a particular key, you don't need to worry about remembering each interval. You just remember the shape of the hand instead!

Here's Finger Pattern 1 ... this pattern is a good place for beginners to start, because it's the pattern we use for the G, D and A Major scales in first position.

You'll need these distances between the fingers:

  • Between 1st and 2nd finger: a whole step gap (we call this a 'tone' in music-speak!)
  • Between 2nd and 3rd finger: a half step gap (we call this a 'semi-tone'!)
  • Between 3rd and 4th finger: a whole step gap (a 'tone')

Here's a visual image of Finger Pattern 1, from ViolinSchool's Course B:

Course B Parent and Child - Finger Pattern 1 - 1.1.9 - ViolinSchool

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