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How To Play Violin: Basics + Play Your First Song

teacher avatar Soulpacifica, Violinist ★ Vocalist ★ Artist

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7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Relaxation Checklist

    • 3. Firm Grip Concept

    • 4. Bow Exercise

    • 5. Cat's Paw Pad

    • 6. The Notes

    • 7. Play Along

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About This Class


Do you want to learn how to play violin the right way and start playing songs ASAP?

In this tutorial I will teach you

  • Basics (Hold Bow + Left Hand) ★ How To Improve Your Sound
  • How To Play Your First Song (Scarborough Fair)  

All you need for this tutorial is your violin and your bow, obviously:)

This tutorial is for absolute beginners but also for those of you who are not really feeling like having control of your violin sound.

I am going to laser focus your attention to the key details which should immediately improve your overall playing.

Meet Your Teacher

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Violinist ★ Vocalist ★ Artist


Hey, my name is Tihana aka. Soulpacifica  (@Tihanamusic) and I am creating Music (Songs / Compositions) and Art (among others I have started a Webcomic and an Illustrated Short Story).

I am also freelancing as  a Remote Recording Violinist | Vocalist.




I want to help you get started with

playing & creating music & drawing

and encourage you to continue

if you got stuck somewhere along the way.

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1. Intro: If you want to learn how to play violin and don't want to get stuck with the basic. Suddenly you are at the right place. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you the right way on how to hold your ball and how to position your left hand fingers under fretboard. Even more after this tutorial, you will be able to play your very first song on the violin. The traditional English ballot, Scarborough affair. Distinct tutorial is for absolute beginners, but also for those of you who are not really feeling like having control of your violin sound. Many beginners, but also advance AS including myself, very often struggled to achieve a decent island sound. So I'm going to laser focus your attention to the key details which should immediately improve your overall playing. So all you need for this tutorial is your violin and your ball. Obviously, IMT cannot, aka sold Pacifica and I am creating music and art. I do also freelance work as a violinist and worklist, doing a lot of creative work. I would like to help you out put your creative goals. See you in the next video. 2. Relaxation Checklist: Before we get started with some instructions, I want to point out that relaxation is very often underestimated. I am mentioning this because the whole point of playing an instrument is to become one with, which means you need to resonate with it. And what's happening when you are cramping your arms or your wrist? You are basically blocking the reparations who should receive from the instrument. So it's very important to relax and to become aware of your body and to relieve any tangents you might be feeding. So here's a quick checklist. You should always answer witty as are my shoulders relaxed, as my arm relaxed? Is my risk through decks? Are my fingers relaxed? Every once in a while, I will come up with these questions so better be prepared. 3. Firm Grip Concept: A firm grip means that you are really in control of your ball. Having a firm grip is crucial because your violin sound will improve or worsen depending on how well your middle finger has established a contact point with your ball with the help of your thump. Now it's very important that you don't cramp your hand in the process. If your hands or fingers or hurting, you need to stop immediately and relaxed. The goal is that the middle finger and the thumb have tightly crypt a stick so that the other finance and your hand can relax. You should be able to do the following. If you can hold a ball with only your middle finger and your thumb like this, you may already have fallen to conduct point. Before we continue with the boy exercise. I want you to visualize the following everyday example where you are using the same approach. Holding a pencil, you establish a firm grip by leaning the pencil on your knuckle joint and pressing the thumb against it. In this way, the other fingers are only used as motion support and are completely relaxed. You are able to control the interaction between pencil and paper. In our case, it will be the interaction between the bone here and a string. In both cases, the knuckle joints is responsible to pick up and maintain the reparations it receives from the stick, so to speak. It needs to be in contact with the receiving soundwaves, otherwise it will block them. For example, if you're losing your grip, your finger can feel the repression anymore and the sound becomes dual or flat. So the title of the connection between the stick and you're likely to find the moral preparations you're trying to pick up. And the more clearer sound will be produced. 4. Bow Exercise: Now it's your turn. Step one, gets your ball, bend your thumb and position it in between the pet and the frog on this little piece of wood. Now, lean the knuckle joint of your middle finger under wooden stick and grip it. I have found that I have the most control over my bowl when I hold it with my first knuckle joint. But depending on which bow technique I'm using, this may also change. As I said before, knuckle joints are more prone to resonate with the sound. But maybe you can achieve that by leaning any part of your middle finger as long as it is between your two knuckle joints. So go ahead and find the right spot where you can hold your ball with only your middle finger and your thumb. Step two, at two crew. Now at the ring finger on the frog with its knuckle under stick, it's supposed to support the middle finger, but the Norway replace its firm grip. It should support the hold. So it's not big deal. If you place your fingertip there instead of your NACA, the index finger will be the main one which applies pressure on the stick so that the contact with the string can be established. The little fingers task is mainly to provide some sort of balance. At the end of the stick. You can imagine the fingers as rowing weeds. They basically need to act like a team. Step three, Feel the string. Lean your bow on the a string and slightly tilt your board to decide with your index finger. Keep your hands relaxed and in the same position as before. Make sure to find a spot. Your middle finger can feel the tight contact of the ball hair with a string. Now, apply light pressure with your index finger. Be aggressive pressure. The pressure is only meant to maintain the contact which the middle finger has already established. Can you do this exercise? Lean the tip of your bow on the a string right before you start pulling your ball up. Apply light pressure with your index finger. Then given still keeping the direction of the ball with your index finger and the firm grip, the two middle fingers. Are your shoulders and arm relaxed? If you are pressing with the force of your shoulder, arm or hand, You're doing it wrong. They are responsible to push and pull your ball up and down. They need to be completely relaxed. Another important task of your shoulder and arm here is to maintain the position of the ball by your index finger is responsible to keep your boat in. Your arm, needs to keep it parallel to the bridge. You do this by keeping your elbow in the same place, only slightly offering resistance. And you stretch your far. So make sure that you don't play like this. When you push a boat down. It's cooled down. Bull. It's indicates it's in music sheets with this symbol, which stands for the frog, because it's the starting point in this case. And you pull your bowl up, it's called up bow. And the starting point is the tip of the bow is a symbol and music sheets. 5. Cat's Paw Pad: The fingers of the left hand need to be in sync with the string collaborations. The same way the right-hand finger joints are in sync equitable reparations. My wireless teach are often made me imagine the following scene. Cats walking on pavement. They are par, is smoothly but firmly touching the ground, is soft and tender, yet It's pad establishes some sort of pressure against the ground. With each step, they are glued to the ground like a suction cup to a role of tides. In the same way, our fingertips are the ones which need to slowly established this glue like connection with the string. The rest of the fingers needs to be quoting Bruce, shapeless, formless. Like what are my friend? So how do we do this? Linear second index finger knuckle against the edge of your fingerboard and let your fingers gently fall on the board. Then begins slowly to apply pressure with one finger and reduce it afterwards. Do this while keeping all the other fingers still and relaxed. Released any tendons in your left arm? So what do you need, especially pay attention to put your thumb not too high up. Makes sure that there is some sort of hole between the wildland neck and your head. Your hands should be basically hanging with its weight on the fingerboard. And the flat-out your fingers are positioned, the better your fingertips can achieve high-quality sound. Why? Because a fledged finger allows to whole fingertip surface to cover the shrink. Its laser focuses its whole energy into the fingertip. This enhances depressing, which was our initial goal. Another image my teacher had frequently used are snowflakes. They are falling and touching the ground so gently that almost no movement can be recognized. The same applies to finger movements. When we play or change nodes. We should make sure that there is little to no movement going on. This helps us a, to keep the right distance between fingers. So the position of recurring nodes doesn't need to researched each type. In this way, we are less prone to errors. Be this close to the fingerboard. Less movement position simply helps us to play faster. Since there is less distance between the fingers and the strings. 6. The Notes: I'm going to show you now how to position and play each note from Scarborough Fair. The song starts with the node T. You can see here how many times the node repeats throughout the song. Here we have the empty string. The Soviet will mark it with 0. Pay attention that the note head is strong hollow. Such a node is called half-note, which means that the node has to be played for two beats. The notice of this one is drawn full, which means we have a quarter note, so it will last only one beat. We are going to play now this first bar. Position your ball on the D string and start playing. Here we have a dotted half note, which lasts three beats. So we will play. The remaining. The nodes have the same duration like the nodes we have already discussed. We will take now a look at this D. It needs to be played on the a string with the third finger. You position the fingers like this. The first two fingers build a half-step, which means there is no gap between them. Between the second and the third finger. There is a whole step. So you need to make this gap between them. The next node is a. So you just need to play the a string. Next, we have E. Here. It is drawn as a dotted quarter note. It is followed by an eighth note, F. So the total E naught lasts one quarter beat with a prolonged eight beat, followed by an eighth note, F, with an eight beat. So in this bar, we are going to count 1, 2, and three. The first thinner on the D string is E. After that 30 position to second finger. The total gap also on the D string. Now you have f pixels. We have see this note split with the second finger on the a string. There is no gap between the first and the second feeling. This C, We need to play on the G string. Between the first and the second finger. There is no gap between the second and the third figure is a gap. This B is played with the first finger on the a string. This node G is played with the third finger on the D string. The first second fingers have no gap. Between the second and the third finger. There is a gap. This is a quarter rest, which means you need to pause for a quarter beat. 7. Play Along: Play now with me along the playback music for the teacher. Hi. Okay.