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Violin Notes
Hi All, I came across a note on one of the music sheet but can't figure out what that is. Can you please explain it in an easy way, I am still a beginner. I have attached an image for that note. It's at the very beginning of the music sheet. Thanks in advance. Happy Violining.
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Hi @Selflearnerviolinist -

  If you mean the actual first scored note, the note itself is a "B" fourth finger on E string - and the slashes through the stem indicates tremolo - check out FiddlerMan's tutorial here - 

  I assume it's the slashes through the stem that you're curious about ?

  Tremolo can mean slightly different things on different instruments and may sometimes involve a change in pitch, alternating between two adjacent notes.   

  Apparently, the number of "slashes" on the note may give an indication/hint to the player as to the repetition rate, here the 3 slashes would suggest a repetition rate of a demi-semi-quaver or 1/32nd note - although I suspect it's often just interpreted as "play it as fast as possible" given other circumstances ( like bow speed, pressure ).

  Having said that, await feedback from others, I'm often on the wrong track myself, but that's how I currently understand it !   LOL

EDIT : ROFL - I would have silently corrected the above but I'll say it here (proves I'm human after all - what a let-down ) - the note is NOT a "B" - hahahaha - the piece is in alto clef - hadn't noticed until I reviewed the post - it's a "C", second finger on the top A string !   Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr facepalm    The rest of my comment, I'll leave unchanged.    I give up..... cry

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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BillyG said
Hi @Selflearnerviolinist -

  If you mean the actual first scored note, the note itself is a "B" fourth finger on E string - and the slashes through the stem indicates tremolo - check out FiddlerMan's tutorial here - 

  I assume it's the slashes through the stem that you're curious about ?

  Tremolo can mean slightly different things on different instruments and may sometimes involve a change in pitch, alternating between two adjacent notes.   

  Apparently, the number of "slashes" on the note may give an indication/hint to the player as to the repetition rate, here the 3 slashes would suggest a repetition rate of a demi-semi-quaver or 1/32nd note - although I suspect it's often just interpreted as "play it as fast as possible" given other circumstances ( like bow speed, pressure ).

  Having said that, await feedback from others, I'm often on the wrong track myself, but that's how I currently understand it !   LOL

EDIT : ROFL - I would have silently corrected the above but I'll say it here (proves I'm human after all - what a let-down ) - the note is NOT a "B" - hahahaha - the piece is in alto clef - hadn't noticed until I reviewed the post - it's a "C", second finger on the top A string !   Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr facepalm    The rest of my comment, I'll leave unchanged.    I give up..... cry  

Hi Billy,

 

Thanks for your help here. It's clear now.

 

Quick question, how do you know it's a C not the B as i suspected.

 

Happy Violining!!

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Because of the definition of an alto clef (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clef#Alto_clef).  The line that the center of the figure at the front is on is C. Count up 8 notes, and you're at the note that's showing at the beginning of that piece, and since it's 8 notes, it's another C.

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