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Violin Fingering: One String at a Time

One method to learning violin fingering if you already have; a small understanding of the instrument, how to hold it, violin notes, and music in general, is one string at a time.

Learn fingering and violin notes string by string. These simple to read charts will guide you to complete knowledge and understanding of violin notes in first position.

Remember the correct number assignment to each finger:

The first note of each string has a 0 for the fingering. This means No Finger should be played. These notes are called open strings.

G String Fingering and Notes


D String Fingering and Notes


A String Fingering and Notes


E String Fingering and Notes

To add sharps and flats follow the following rules; Flats should be played by sliding the finger down (towards the scroll) half a step, and sharps are played by sliding the finger up half a step (towards the bridge).

The first finger should be placed about 1 inch from the end of the finger board. Whole steps are roughly one inch apart (also dependent on violin size) and half steps are roughly 1/2 inch apart. With half steps try to have fingers touching.

Take Note** The fourth finger (little finger of hand) on all strings except the E string play the same note as the open string of the next consecutive string.

There is no need to learn the strings in a certain order. However I usually begin with the two lower strings when teaching students and end on E string. One reason for doing this is that a nice tone is easier to achieve as a beginner violinist on the lower strings than the higher strings.

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