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Hello, everyone. I recently joined the fiddlerman website to learn how to play the violin (of course). I got my violin about two days ago, and know absolutely nothing about it. I have experience with sheet music (I play piano), but I don't know where exactly the notes are on the violin, or how to even hold it. If anyone could give me some advice on how to play this thing, it would be appreciated.
Welcome to the forum shadowshine! fiddlerman has a lot of great video tutorials on the website. Try clicking on home and then the highlited" start" or "begin here " link. You will find a great group of members here. Very helpful. what kind of violin did you get? I have a cecelio cv300. Good luck and success!
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You will find a lot of great people and help here. As Mike said, there are some great learning resources here. All you have to do is take advantage of them.
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This is where to start http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....o-i-start/
Welcome to the forum
This really helped me with the position of the notes on the violin itself. Hope this helps as well:
"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein
IMO, a self-learner can't really make any progress without
1. A high quality tuner with the choice of pythagorean tuning system
2. A mirror in a well illuminated room
#1 is so you can learn where the notes are in a single note scale.
#2 is mandatory for learning correct bow mechanics
The Peterson Stroboflip electronic tuner was taken off the market and I don't know of any other non-software based tuners that are appropriate for the violin
A lot of people scream foul about using a tuner but IMO what does an instructor typically do nowadays? They must surely shout "Sharp" "Flat" "Wrong note entirely"...etc much like the function of a tuner.
this is what I use, works perfectly for me. I agree with you entirely
"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.
Pierre, does your shop happen to sell tendons for the left hand? I have been practicing those crazy "absolute independence of the fingers" exercises (with trilling, sliding, and left hand pizzicato going on at the same time) in the dounis book for 4 hrs a day (instead of the recommended 15 minutes).
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