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ShadowShine
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August 31, 2012 - 9:15 pm
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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.

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Welcome to the forum shadowshine! clap 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. thumbs-up what kind of violin did you get? I have a cecelio cv300. Good luck and success! hats_off

"The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work." - Mark Twain

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Hi

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.

Learning the violin is a long road, but the journey is a great one. Enjoy it. treble-1226

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Kevin M.
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This is where to start http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....o-i-start/

Welcome to the forum

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ShadowShine
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Thanks for the help, everyone.  I am now currently able to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on my own.  xD 

@MikeV- I have a 4/4 Cremona.  Not exactly amazing, but it will do for now. 

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This really helped me with the position of the notes on the violin itself.  Hope this helps as well:

http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....ard-chart/

"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

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Welcome ShadowShine,

This is the place to be if you want to learn how to play your violin.

Congratulations to you for being able to play, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". clap

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Fiddlerman
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September 2, 2012 - 10:09 am
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Welcome to the Forum ShadowShine,

Look forward to hearing more about your journey on this great instrument.

Twinkle is a good start smile

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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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.

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Oh, I'm going to be taking lessons to learn how to play.  I'm just biding my time until that happens in a couple of days.  This website is very helpful.  ^_^

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http://compare.ebay.com/like/2.....8;var=sbar

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.

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Robert, does it fit around the scroll? I've purchased several tuners that look like that but they haven't been perfect solutions.
I find this one works great for the violin: http://fiddlershop.com/sona-3-.....tm501.html

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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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