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Intonation and Using a Violin Tuner as a Practice Aid A common question asked by non-violinists is, “How do you know where to play the notes when you have no frets?” Violin intonation is one aspect of playing that is challenging for players of every level. Beginners often start learning w (Read more)
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Violin finger charts are a quick, visual way for beginner violinists to understand the geography of the violin fingerboard. Simple diagrams to show finger placing can also help in early note reading. Tutor books such as C. Paul Herfurth’s A Tune A Day traditionally combine finger charts with mu (Read more)
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Here's something that we covered in our first research session of the season last week. I wanted to share it with you quickly, before we add it to the online courses: The Angle of the Wrist When you're playing the violin, it's very important that the fingers can move freely without causing a (Read more)
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  When you begin violin lessons, the left hand finger placement must be learned carefully. The violin has no frets and many teachers put stickers or tape across the fingerboard. Ultimately, the best way to learn finger placing is to train the ear to listen for the pitch and practice the fingering (Read more)
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The scale systems by Carl Flesch and Ivan Galamian are by no means the only in existence, but they have been the most widely used by violin students and teachers for many years. The systems are different in profound ways and each has valid applications for the modern violinist. Both Galamian and (Read more)
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Pattern building studies for the violin are composed around simple ‘building-block’ phrases and repetitive figures, designed solely to build finger strength, agility and facility. There are many such studies in the violin repertoire, the best of which are the study books by Sevçik and Schradiec (Read more)
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Scales are basic patterns of notes, ordered by pitch, most often in ascending then descending order. Each major or minor scale covers all of the notes of the key in which it is played; a chromatic scale contains every semitone within an octave span. There are double-stopped scales in thirds, sixths (Read more)
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