Practice Resources

Violin Fingerboard Chart

A violin fingerboard chart is a useful resource for beginning students to help them learn violin fingering. Our violin fingerboard chart shows the fingering (at the right of the chart) for notes played in "first position."

 

Violin "positions" designate where the hand is located when fingers are placed on the violin fingerboard. Most music for violin beginners is written for first position where the hand is closest to the violin scroll. As students advance, they will learn fingering for other hand positions and how to shift positions as they play.  

 

The solid colored circles at the top of the chart represent the open strings (played with no fingers), and the circles below them represent where to place fingers on each string to play the designated notes on that string. For example, to play F on the E string, the note is fingered using a low first (index) finger. In instances where there are two notes designated by one circle, these notes are what is known as enharmonic, meaning they are identical in pitch.

 

Practice Log

Part of music learning includes developing the habit of practicing music regularly. Keeping a practice log can encourage children to practice by helping them track and share their progress and achievements. There is no one correct format for a practice log, and the usefullness of a particular format may vary for different children and different age groups. Our downloadable practice log is one example in a chart format that allows students and parents to document the daily practice and accomplishments of each practice session as well as weekly progress.

 

There are various resources available to assist violin students and their parents. Below we have highlighted a few that beginning students and their parents have told us they find especially useful.

 

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the practice log.

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the fingerboard chart.

 
Metronome

Using a metronome during practice will help students keep a steady tempo. A metronome is a device that can be set (at a designated number of beats per minute) to make a ticking sound at regular intervals according to the tempo of a piece. When practicing a new piece or a difficult section of music, set the metronome slower until it is mastered, then slowly increase the metronome speed up to the suggested tempo. Metronomes may be purchased from music stores, and there are also various digital metronomes available online. 

 

Resources

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