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Daniel
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I started out with tape, but now I play without after about half a year. Now a friend wants me to teach her violin. What are the guidelines for tape/dots if at all recommended?

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Does your friend have a good ear? I think that if someone has a good ear and can tell the difference between a note that is too high or too low, they should try to learn without either. Whether or not there is a difference between tape and dots, I don't know. Have your friend try the Intonation Game and see if he or she can recognize intonation. No need to be able to do the advanced level.

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75-25...she has a good ear but she comes by once a week, and sometimes I have to undo some of her notes because she forgets the sound of it. Is there a mathematical method to adding tape? finger 4 I can deal with because I just use my tuner to test it.

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http://www.fretlessfingerguides.com/

This might be too much but there are many other fingerboard tape/overlay kits on the internet.  (With instructions I would hope !)

 

 

 

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@ DanielSeldura - As Oliver says, there are certainly instructions but if you have a great ear you can put your finger in the exact spot for say the F natural on the E-string mark it with a pencil and tape it. If you get something like Olivers link the rest of the notes will fall in place.

I believe that most people don't need these tapes if they concentrate on intonation and focus on finger patterns. Can be tough at first but maybe increases accuracy at an earlier stage.

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I think the tapes or dots are extremely useful for complete beginners (especially) young players, more as a confidence builder that a reference point. My first Orchestra director used cut up bumper stickers. I remember them falling off and asking her to fix them, only to be told that I hadn't been looking at them for months and that I certainly didn't need them. I was shocked to find that she was right. 

After a while you stop looking at your fingers and concentrate on the music and/or your conductor.

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Oliver said:

http://www.fretlessfingerguides.com/

This might be too much but there are many other fingerboard tape/overlay kits on the internet.  (With instructions I would hope !)

 

If shipping wouldn't kill me this would have been my choice Laugh

 

Okay, I think my ear would be sufficient for this one, so *fingers crossed and hoping for the best*

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I think the tapes or dots are extremely useful for complete beginners (especially) young players, more as a confidence builder that a reference point

 

She's a complete beginner, but apparently she's learning quick XD

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