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Hi, my name is Bryan, living in OK now. Bought a violin about 12yrs ago with asperations of learning. Instead had kids & strange work schedule so never got to it.
Now my kids are pre-teen and in school band. 1 plays clairnet the other trupmpet. Both picked up pennywhistle's for Christmas & were playing in minutes.
Me well not so gifted. Played guitar 20+ yrs ago. Learned the chords, played pretty good I thought.
So now a few basic (stupid) questions:
1) I guess you play the violin 1 string at a time, not like a guitars 6 strings?
2) I don't get the fingerboard chart, why are there 8 pics of basicly the same thing?
3) How do I know if I'm getting rosin on the bow/when is there enough.
4) how tight do you tighten the bow
5) any better tips to learning the names of the notes? All I remember from school is from bottom up is FACE & Every Good Boy Does Fine. It appears I need to learn outside the 9 lines as the violin I guess plays lower & higher notes.
(I warned you there were some stupid questions in there!) 😉
I guess this is the violin I have: http://www.amazon.com/Palatino.....B0002F59A4
But bought mine from Byron Berline @ http://doublestop.com/
Thanks for any tips.
PS I did download the Android apps for tuning & notes by sight(?) and will pratice with that while at work.
1) This is basically true for now you play one string at a time later own you can learn to play two at a time.
2) The 8 pictures are of different Key signitures. At the start of the music is the G cleff then sometimes you will see what looks like a puund sign# or a flat which looks like a b. An example would be if you see 2 # signs then this id the Key of D which means all F and C are sharp or half step farther down the neck. In this Key your second finger on the D and A string is placed right next to your third finger.
3)Your know you are getting rosin on the bow when you can feel it grip a little bit and not just slide over the rosin. If the rosin and the bow are new try to scratch the rosin a little to get rid of the shine and then it takes about ten minutes for the first time. Too much rosin just means you have that much more to clean off the violin.
4) If when the bow is loose the hairs touch the stick tighten the bow so the hairs are about 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch from the stick. If the hairs do not touch the bow when loose bring the hairs until straight and then add 1/4 to 3/8 inch. This is a starting point. If the bow bouces it may be too tight.
5) I you know face and egbdf then it's easy. The top line is F so the next space is G then the next line is A and the next line is B going up and on the bottom if the bottom line is E then the space before it is D and the line before that is C and the space befor that is B and the line before that is A and the space before that is G the lowest string on the violin.
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