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I watched the video on how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle' and feel really comfortable playing it, so I thought I would try to learn another new song. I'm trying to work on my accuracy and proficiency, so I downloaded the 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' sheet music.
However, when I went to play I realized I don't actually know where to start on the violin. I could just do it by ear, but I want to know how to do it proper.
So, when you look at sheet music, how do you know which string to start on?
(I'm sorry if it turns out the answer is really obvious, but it's just completely eluding me!)
The position on the staff (the lines?? I am drawing a blank) tells me usually what string.
Okay this may be way off base of not useful, but this is how I read for first position.
If the note is the A note below the staff lines, I know it is on the G string, if the A note is in the second space on the staff, it is fourth finger A on the D string or Open A. If it is in the A spot above the staff then I know it is the A on the E string.
I don't know if that makes sense. I don't recall being taught how to read music, I think I just memorized notes from the lesson book and over time figured it out.
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