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Pretty confused about strings and their notes...
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texancharm
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November 15, 2013 - 9:25 am
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Hi everyone, I got a fiddle for my birthday, but I haven't played any music in the past ten years or so, and that was bass clarinet in my school band. 

 

So I've got the fiddle tuned so it sounds like the instructional video, but I don't understand something. 

 

Why is the open E string written on sheet music as an F?  Did I tune it wrong? 

 

I'm pretty confused and I can't seem to find the answer with a google search. 

 

Thanks! 

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Maybe I am misunderstanding you, but as far as I am aware the open E is not written as an F.  The open stings are E,A,D,G, and the open E corresponds to the upper most space just below the top line on Treble clef sheet music.

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Have you checked out Pierre's tutorials? Here is one for the E-string:

http://fiddlerman.com/tutorial.....-e-string/

The others are on the right under "Beginners tutorials." I highly recommend watching them.

The notes are not re-named for sheet music. If your open E is playing as an F then your tuning is off. Here is a tuner:

http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....ine-tuner/

There is also a chart that shows the fingering for all of the notes:

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

I won't post any more links, because this site is too jam-packed with helpful stuff. Just scroll down to the bottom of the right-hand side and look for the section called "Learning Tools"

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Thanks for responding so quickly. 

 

I tuned the strings yesterday to their respective E, A, D, G... but then I saw this page:

http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....o-i-start/

 

and it looks like where it says "E=I First highest string" The note written above it is an "F", or am I mistaken about how to read music?

 

Maybe that clarifies my question a little bit.

 

 

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texancharm said
Thanks for responding so quickly. 

 

I tuned the strings yesterday to their respective E, A, D, G... but then I saw this page:

http://fiddlerman.com/fiddle-l.....o-i-start/

 

and it looks like where it says "E=I First highest string" The note written above it is an "F", or am I mistaken about how to read music?

 

Maybe that clarifies my question a little bit.

 

 

@texancharm 

On the page you linked to, the note indicated by the circle in the space above "E= I First highest string" is in fact an E and not an F.  It would be an F if the music was in Alto clef.  So, I think you are reading it right, just in the wrong clef.  Violin is Treble.  Note the attached images and the differences.  Alto is on top and treble is below.

 

 

Alto-clef.gif

 

 

 

 

Treble-Clef.jpg

 

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