How To Play Violin
A violin is one of the finest string instruments that can be mastered by a musician. There are a number of methods for students who want to learn how to play the violin. Traditional and Suzuki methods are the most popular methods. Both methods require a formal teacher, but some violinists learn from each other. If you want to learn the violin without a teacher, it’s a good idea to find out as much information about the violin as you can and to watch and listen to other players as much as you can to get a sense of the instrument.
In any case, this article can help you to learn how to play the violin and how to remain motivated.
1. Buy a Violin: The first thing you have to start as a beginner of the violin is to have a violin. The violin comes in different sizes depending on the student’s age.
If you are an adult, buy the full size or 4/4. The violin is a small instrument, but smaller sizes are available. These are usually for younger children only, so make sure that the violin you buy is full size unless you are very small. If you’re not sure, you can ask the shop for a recommendation.
2. A Bow:
The bow should be new or refurbished. This can be checked by looking at the hair of the bow (fine, white or off-white fibers) and making sure that the color is uniform and bright throughout its length. The bow’s hair must be a uniform width from end to end. You can get your bow re-haired most music shops for a small fee.
3. Rosin: This is a sticky resin from different trees and plants that help the bow to make a sound when it comes into contact with a string of the violin.
4. String: Strings come in three basic varieties: gut, which is expensive and difficult to care for, but which offers a complex sound range; steel, which is loud and bright but can sound scratchy, and synthetic, which is smooth, clear and not as gut.
5. A shoulder rest: This is used for holding the violin between your shoulder and neck. Since a violin is not shaped to fit this part of your body, it helps violinists play longer and get a better overall sound.
6. Music and a music stand: Violin music stands can help you enjoy playing violin. There are some things you need to make it easier to play the violin. It is very important to have a position you can count on during training and playing.
See slide five for the music for this instruct able. Any local music store or online music teacher can help you to find music for beginners.
Learn How to Play The Violin
Violin has a steeper learning curve at the beginning, perhaps even more so for young children because of the physical requirements of the instruments. Here are some easy steps for the beginners
When you learn the violin, it is important to hold the instrument correctly. It is very important to hold the violin and the bow well, because it is the basis of a good violinist. Verify that, your shoulders are not elevated and relaxed.
Place your violin over your shoulder. Try to maintain your violin with your chin and shoulder. Do not lift your shoulder or put too much pressure on the violin from your chin.
Tighten the Bow:
Tighten the bow hair by turning the end of the screw clockwise until the space between the hair and the stick is large enough to pass from tip to tip a pencil cleanly. The hair should be out of the wood of the bow about the width of your pink finger.
Rosin the Bow:
Place the cake flat on the bow hair surface. You will notice that a new cake has a glossy, shiny surface, but this is not the best way to transfer the rosin to the hair of the bow. You are not going to gouge it or make a big mess. Oils from your fingers prevent the use of rosin so try not to touch the actual hair. Score the rosin cake surface. Smoothly using a plastic knife or fork.
Don’t play the rosin very fast, or you’re going to risk breaking the bow. The new bow is not used to high voltage yet. Repeat the strokes up and down five times. One stroke should end next to the rosin at the end of the bow (the other end). Then go back so the frog gets close to the rosin again. Be very careful. Brush the bow’s hair gently and with little pressure against the rosin.
The different strings have different sound characteristics. The E and G strings can be brilliant and holistic, while the A and D sound more gentle, especially in the higher registers.
Place your first finger (index finger) on the tape and pluck one string at a time to make sure the tuner reads A on the G string, E on the D string, B on A string and F #string E string.
The second finger (middle finger) is placed approximately one inch from the first tape. Adjust your second finger on the G string until the tuner reads B and places your tape. The tuner should read B on the G string, F# on the D string, C# on the A string and G# on the E string when the second finger is placed on the second finger tape on each strings.
The third finger tape is placed approximately half inch from the second finger tape. Adjust your third (ring finger) finger on the G string until the tuner reads C and places the tape down. When the third finger is placed on each string on the third finger tape, the tuner should read C on the string G, G on the string D, D on the string A and A on the string E.
The fourth finger (pinky finger) tape is about one inch from the 3rd finger tape. Adjust your fourth finger on the G string until the tuner reads D and places your tape down. When the fourth finger is placed on each string, the tuner should read D on the string of G, A on the string of D, E on the string of A and B on the string of E.
You may have noticed that there are standard notes marked as A, B, C, etc., and then there are other notes such as C #, B♭, G #, and A♭.
When you see a # symbol, it means “sharp.” For example, a sharp note, a C #, is a half step higher than a regular C. When you see A♭symbol, it means ” flat.” For example, a flat note B♭ ( B flat) is a half step lower than a regular B.
You can do this on the basis of sound and comfort. Your tone and vibration will ultimately suffer if you are not comfortable.
Some Tips on Your Violin Journey to Get Motivated:
⦁ Decide on how long you want to practice every day and how many days a week.
⦁ Change the location of your practice
⦁ Change your practice schedule
⦁ Play with others
⦁ Build a barrier between your practice and the world outside
⦁ Use different techniques of practice
⦁ Use visible benchmarks to master harsh action
⦁ Join an online study group or in a community
⦁ Take lessons weekly
⦁ Find and listen to other people you want
⦁ Choose practice pieces you like
⦁ Choose the right music and spontaneously play