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Up until a week ago it had been 18 years since I last touched a violin. Prior to that I played for about 7-8 years. I'm pleased with the things I remember and frustrated by what I don't! One of the things that is troubling me is how to play a flat on what I thought should be an open note. The key of Bb Major is a good example of this. How do I play the E flat? Is it just a matter of playing a closed E on the A string a full step up? Any help is appreciated.
Here is the best answer I know of.
You need to get to where you can reproduce this chart from memory. If that sounds difficult, you need to find out what its pattern is.
Going up or down a string from one finger position to the next (e.g. B --> C or D# -->D) is jump of one semitone. "Half step" is another term for semitone.
Awesome, thanks for the quick response! For some reason I was thinking that was still a D. So are flats/sharps always going to be between natural notes 3 and 4 for the closed D A E B?
Flats are always going to be a half step lower in tone from the natural note and Sharps are always going to be a half step higher than the natural note. Playing the "Low 1" is a bit of a pain for me but it helped that the F natural on the E string is a low 1 fingering. Also that once you start the flat fingerings you almost never have to worry about a sharp being stuck in there, although the odd naturalized B tends to show up. This means you can relax and leave your hand shifted to the .5 hand position lol. (does that even exist?) Watch out for key changes though. Remembering to use the pinky to flat the A's and G's was a trick too, especially the A for some reason. Playing the scales on the left side of the circle of fifths certainly helped, until yesterday morning when the key changed mid song to 5 flats.....chaos! -my 2 cents.
I like Rosined Ups chart though, very handy for finding note positions at a glance.
"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.
@ picklefish;...... I gave that chart to RU while in the chat box the other night, I didn't need it anymore so I gave it away to one who does.
Now that's kind of a foolish thing to say. As I already knew the chromatic scale, I didn't need it after looking at it for few minutes, if that long, unless you count passing it out to new players. But I do thank you for it. I do believe the part where you say you don't need it. I think the chromatic scale is one part of theory that you do know. It's the basis of the usual theory and lets you communicate with other players at the most basic level.
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