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Trying to play violin with tablature
Song: Ocean avenue by Yellowcard Trying to play the violin part
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October 12, 2020 - 8:46 am
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Hello guys so I am trying to learn this song I finished playing it with my guitar but I really want to know how I am going to play the violin part. So I am looking at the tab for the song and I am very confused seeing tabs number 5 to 9 and when i do tablature tutorial on violin it only give up to 1 to 4 frets.

https://www.songsterr.com/a/ws.....ab-s7328t5

And please select the electric violin icon on the right to see the tabs for it

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Hmm Thinking Here Smiley

@ejdale -

I'm not sure I understand.

Your link already brings up the violin tabs - with it's "4 strings" and the number associated with fingering position on each string. 

Did you use a tutorial from a different site? 

Quite the ambitious undertaking since there are no frets!

We don't usually think of just a number for a finger position, but rather a "hand position" and where the 4 fingers lie within that particular position, ie; 1st position, 3rd, 5th, etc... but not relevant for "this" particular website.  I'm assuming here they must assign a number to every half step all the way up the fingerboard - for each string (just check).

 

https://www.lanesboro.lib.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/cat_fiddle.jpg- Emily

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It's half steps above the open string, as is immediately clear to me from the audio track. Which makes sense on guitar because the frets correspond to half steps, but it's unnecessarily confusing on violin. (I find it especially interesting that the beginning of the chorus is in third position on the G and D strings but notated with tablature.) With the smaller fingerboard and larger intervals between strings, I think violin is easier to play from standard notation because the numbers in this type of tablature can get very high very quickly.

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I would just get the violin sheet music, that would be the easiest way, assuming you play violin. If you don’t play violin I would get a fiddle player or such to play it for you. As far as I know violinists never use tab, but I have only been playing a year and a half so am not sure about that, I will say though that unless you are exceptionally talented it would be virtually impossible to pick up a violin from scratch and attempt to play a piece of music that sounded anything like what you were attempting, in fact you would probably struggle to get any kind of sound at all, not meaning to put you down or be discouraging just telling the truth, it takes a very long time generally to develop your ear enough to play in tune on a violin, with a violin you see were to place your fingers with your ears, and even then we still practice intonation every day. By the way I also play guitar and have done for thirty five years, you have to treat violin as a completely different thing, in any case good luck with your learning wish you well with it.

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@ejdale -

There is another form of Violin tab tutorial you might find helpful, but didn't see your particular song (doesn't mean it's not available). 

Here's an example -

They don't show every half step like the tablature at Songsterr. 

https://supportjdhs.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/music-notes.jpg

 

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ejdale said
Hello guys so I am trying to learn this song I finished playing it with my guitar but I really want to know how I am going to play the violin part. So I am looking at the tab for the song and I am very confused seeing tabs number 5 to 9 and when i do tablature tutorial on violin it only give up to 1 to 4 frets.

https://www.songsterr.com/a/ws.....ab-s7328t5

And please select the electric violin icon on the right to see the tabs for it

  

If you want to learn the violin Samuel applebaums string builder books are extremely good. I would also find a very simple tune, like twinkle twinkle little star, play it over and over and then record yourself playing to see how in tune you are and then try to correct it. Don’t get dismayed it will take time and a lot of practice, I have felt on many occasions like smashing the violin to bits, it can get very frustrating, but you persevere and gradually get better, if you can’t read music yet the string builder books take you through it, it isn’t really that difficult, (apart from keys with lots of flats)😱 and look at fiddlermans tutorials, can’t go wrong.

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