Play the Violin for Beginners

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Overview

You're watching VisiHow. This is video tutorial series on how to play the violin.

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    To the left of me, I have my colleague Tako, who is a student at the Tbilisi State Conservatory.
    She is a violinist. For the following 36 videos, we are going to show violin techniques, expressions, dynamics, and bowing. The videos are grouped within three major articles:
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    Our violin videos contain a large number of tutorials.
    There are such tutorials as holding the violin and the bow, trills, fingering, C major scale, fingering at C chromatic scale, and different types of bowing expressions followed by ponticello, col legno, con soletino or mute, con arco, pizzicato, staccato, legato, sul tasto, detache, portato, spiccato, martele, vibrato, tremelo, tuning the violin, understanding the anatomy of the violin, up and down bowing, dynamics from piano to forte, and different sample songs.
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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about any of the following videos, please leave them in the space provided below. Thanks for choosing VisiHow as your source for learning about instruments!

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The Anatomy of the Violin

This is a video tutorial on how to understand the anatomy of the violin.

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    The violin is made of the upper bout and the lower bout.
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    On the top, you can see the neck of the violin.
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    On the very top, you can see the peg box and the scrolls, which serve as the head of the violin.
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    In the lower part of the violin, you can see the fingerboard, the bridge, and the F-holes.
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    The strings are laid over the bridge.
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    Below the bridge, there are the tailpiece and the chin-rest.
    They are attached to the bottom side of the violin.
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    Behind the tailpiece and the chin-rest, there is the shoulder rest.
    It is very important as it gives the full support for the shoulder; otherwise, the violin will fall out of your hand.
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    The F-holes develop the resonance of sound.
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    When you play these notes, the vibration from the strings enters the F-holes and gives the sound a very beautiful acoustic tone.
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Hold the Violin Correctly

This is a video tutorial on how to hold the violin correctly.

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Steps

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    In order to hold the violin, first you must ease your hand, your wrist, and your shoulder.
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    Remember that everything should be completely relaxed and free.
    At this point, bend your elbow to an angle and turn your fingers to point directly at our eyes. The fingers should be parallel with one another as if you are holding an apple, which is directed at your face. You are about to eat the apple, but you, of course, do not.
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    Place the violin against your chin.
    You should tilt your head a little and be careful not to press your chin down too hard on the chin rest.
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    Your left hand should be at ease and facing down.
    Your whole arm should be relaxed.
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    Then, lift up your hand and place your fingers on the violin.
    You must place your fingers like you are holding that apple that you have had at your face. You fingers should not be pressing on the handle. They should be relaxed.
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    You must feel as if there is a little window between your fingers to create a proper hand position.
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    Then, place your fingers on each string.
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    This is how we practice it.
    We will do it as an exercise a couple of times just to master this basic technique.
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Hold the Violin Bow Correctly

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    The right hand must be relaxed and at ease.
    Once we hold the bow, the thumb and the second finger should be joined together in this position, forming a ring.
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    The thumb must be placed at the bottom of the bow as you place the second finger on top of the thumb on the bow creating a ring with the thumb.
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    Then, you place the first and the third fingers down.
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    The fourth finger must always be firmly placed in line with the other fingers to create the balance between the first and the fourth fingers.
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    You can do different types of exercises to learn to hold the bow properly.
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    Remember that the bow should be well balanced as the fingers should be parallel with one another.
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Hold the Violin and the Bow Together

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to hold the violin and the violin bow together.

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Steps

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    Once you place the violin on your shoulder, tilt your head a little and note that you should not press down too hard on the chin rest, as it will cause discomfort after a while.
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    Once you place the bow on the string, the bow must be between the fingerboard and the bridge.
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    This is known as "con arco".
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    The arm must be bent at a 90-degree angle.
    The left wrist should assume a curled position upon the strings.
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    The most important thing is that the bow doesn't wave or bend in any direction than parallel to the violin itself.
    The bow must remain straight in order to maintain its optimal level of performance.
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Tune the Violin

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    Tune the violin using the tuning pegs located on the head of the violin.
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    The upper tuning pegs are used for whole tones as well as half tones.
    The lower tuning pegs are know as fine tuners and they are used to tune half steps.
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    When you tune tuning pegs down, the string gets a lower tone (it gets flatter).
    When you tune the peg up, a string gets a higher tone and becomes sharper.
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    The right side of the tune pegs includes A (la) and E (mi).
    The left side includes D (re) and G (sol).
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    The fine tuners basically help tune the violin a lot better, like in the example in the video.
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    Please watch closely.
    In this video, the violin is placed on the shoulder; and the fine tuners are used.
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    When you turn a tuner to the right, you get a lower key.
    You may need to tune it up to get a higher key.
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    The rest of the strings are tuned the same way.
    Check if they are in tune. In this video, the violin is in tune.
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Apply Resin to the Violin Bow

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    The bow is composed of the frog, where the fingers are placed.
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    Another component is the head, which is the end of the bow.
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    The hairs of the bow, also known as a ribbon, stretch from the bottom to the top.
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    The hairs are loosened or tightened by the bottom screw.
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    Remember that the screw should not be too tight.
    Otherwise, the bow will have a different form and will not produce a great sound.
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    All bows have a slight curvature in the ribbon for playing.
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    You must apply resin to the ribbon in order to lubricate it.
    Then, it will play very smoothly.
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    Begin using the resin from the bottom all the way to the top.
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    You need to apply resin to all parts of the bow as it helps lubricate and protect the ribbon from damage.
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    The resin helps create a smoother sound when playing the violin.
    When taking care of the bow, you should resinate every time you play to avoid damaging the ribbon.
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Learn Basic Violin Finger Positions

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    Note that there are fifteen violin finger positions including all of the half tones.
    The basic ones include from the first to the eighth positions because getting up to the highest notes is very difficult.
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    Most of the arrangements are written from the first to the eighth positions.
    Position changes depending upon the finger placement (in the particular example in the video, upon the notes we will be currently playing).
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    Once you begin, you must place the finger on a note that you want to play, because it is very difficult to begin playing first and then placing your finger on the note.
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    Then, you must change the note with the slide technique.
    Please follow the example in the video to help you play the first to the eighth positions.
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    Now, go back and use the same technique.
    You must place your finger very firmly and be sure of the note you are taking when you are playing it.
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Make a Good Sound on the Violin

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to make a good sound on the violin.

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    In order to get a decent sound on the violin, you must have excellent bowing technique.
    You should not press the bow down too hard, or your playing will sound bad, like in the example in the video.
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    Remember that pressing on the bow too hard interferes with the sound.
    Your playing should be soft and light for a good sound. Your hand should be at ease and flexible. It should not be stiff.
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Play Multiple Strings on the Violin

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    You can play two to four notes at the same time on the violin, but this mostly depends on the bow.
    The bow must touch every single string at the same time. When you want to play different notes, the same process is necessary. First, try out the note that you want to play; then, the second note; and then, play both at the same time. Let us play an example. This is how you play two notes at the same time.
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    Let us play each of the notes separately so that you can get the feel for each one of these notes.
    The first string is played in the video.
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    The second string is played in the video.
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    Both strings are played in the video.
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    You can also play three notes at the same time.
    In this situation, you have to bend the bow in order for the bow to strike the three notes. First, put your fingers in the position and try out the notes like in the following example. Then, play all of them at once.
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    For the first two notes, you must place your bow at its bottom (at your hand).
    You must never start playing your notes from the very bottom of your bow; otherwise, you will mess up the notes.
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    Play the first two notes and harmonize the third to create a chord.
    The same process is necessary for four notes, as you did previously in case of three notes. The four strings split into two parts: the first two strings and the last two strings. It should not sound like the example in the video.
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    The first two strings must sound a little shorter than the last two strings but must be equally as musical as the last two notes.
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    The last two notes are played with a longer part of the bow to fill all four notes together.
    If you don't do this correctly, you will run out of bow movement.
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