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Guide to Playing the Violin

Many people have a desire to learn to play the violin. What you may not know is that it is really one of the more difficult instruments to learn how to play. It is also very rewarding once you get used to the techniques that you will be using. There are a lot of things that you will need to learn in the beginning, starting with the correct way to hold the instrument. You will also have to learn the proper way to move your fingers and how to create sounds and notes on the instrument.

Holding the Violin the Right Way

First of all, you will want to learn how to hold the violin. If you are not holding it correctly, you may have trouble playing it correctly. It may also be uncomfortable for you to play. The best way to hold it is by curving the left arm underneath the body of the violin. You will want to have the hand and your fingers above the strings. You will then rest your chin on the chin rest between the shoulder and chin on the left side. You use the right arm to use the bow or to pluck the strings manually.

Using Your Fingers to Create Notes

The next step is learning how to use your fingers to create the notes that you wish to play. You will not use frets as you would on a guitar. In fact, you must really just play by sound and listen to the way it sounds. This will require some sort of background in music. This is one of the reasons that the violin is one of the more difficult instruments to learn to play. It is really not one that you can just pick up and learn without having any sort of experience in music at all. Play often and practice to learn how to create specific notes.

Sound the Notes with the Bow

You can also sound notes using the bow. You will drag the bow over the strings that you want to play. This will create a sound that is lasting. If you play them with your fingers, it is more of a short sudden sound. Practice with your fingers first, then you will want to focus on learning to use the bow.

Becoming a Better Violin Player

It is really important that you learn to become a better violin player. You will want to learn how to read music correctly and also learn to sound it out by just hearing the music. When you are playing with others, you will need to know how to make the sounds blend well with each other. The best way to do this is by practicing as a group. It is important to practice solo as well. This is the best way to make sure that you are getting better and better by the day. You need to practice several days per week ongoing to ensure that you continue to improve your skills.

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