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Notation and Fingering
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Trace
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I am a bare-bones beginner who, after a lot of research and waiting, has finally started renting a violin with the intention to purchase another later. The only instrument I have played before this is the piano. While I did work with notation while playing piano, I played more by ear than by paper. Consequently I have found myself a bit more confused than I thought I would be with the note structure.

In my first week with my violin I have been focusing strictly on bowing technique. Which, admittedly, is a bit boring as there is only so much you can do with a constant G, D, A, E drone. So this week I was going to be starting on actual notes so that I can start to play something that sounds like a song. So I pulled up FM's fingering chart, and to my musically ignorant confusion saw that there were not one, but eight fingerboards listed with the same notes. (Like I said, I'm a bare-bones beginner who is currently teaching himself) Go ahead and laugh at how much of a musical simpleton I am (but don't let it reflect in your response ;).

Needless to say I am a bit confused by the fingering and notation system associated with this instrument. So I came to you guys, as you seem to be good natured and more than qualified to answer this question lol.

 

Thanks in advance

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Kevin M.
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The fingering chart has 8 different keys.  For example if the music you wanted to play has two sharps, Key of D major, than you play the notes for the D Major scale.  If there are no sharps or flats than you play C scale. The fingering is similar except that your finger placement will be high or low on some notes according to the key you are in. In piano it is like playing the black keys.

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This may help out. Usually the longer one works best but try both and see which one works for you.

http://fiddlerman.com/wp-conte.....-steps.pdf

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Maybe this will help a bit, although I could only paste either the flat or the sharp, not both:

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Thanks Kevin,

Also check out the fingering game but instead of selecting the game difficulty options choose the SCALES button.

http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....ring-game/

When you choose a scale you can see on the fingerboard where the fingers are to go down. Also you'll see the sharps and flats listed to the left.

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Thank you very much. The charts and fingering game helped me to visualize the scales more easily. Now to get to practicing violin-student

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Sounds like you sarted out right now its time for scales. Most of us are or were recent beginners and went thru the same things you are doing.  Welcome to the forum Trace and good luck.thumbs-up

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