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    lamoneeka
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    Is the fretless fingerboard a very giant learning hurdle to cross when learning violin as a complete newbie? How does one become used to finding exactly the right spot? I’m unwilling to put stickers on my as-yet-imaginary violin since I don’t want the residue, visual distraction, and learning interference. But how did you grow to know where to place your fingers?

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    Marlayum
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    You can get a clip-on chromatic tuner (I bought a Snark [model SN-5] on Amazon for under $10) and clip it to the scroll so you can see if you are hitting the notes right. You definitely do not want to practice with the wrong sounds or that is how you will end up playing. You NEED visual and aural feedback at first because you don’t have a fret to indicate where you are. Best of luck and maybe you will get some other advice as people get on the boards. Also, see Michael’s beginner video on getting the notes right (sorry I cannot remember the title). He shows some great info on using your fingers as guides….you may not want to end up performing with a chromatic tuner hanging off your instrument. Good luck on getting you violin! Are you planning on getting one from Superior Violins? Just curious.

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    Kiwigirl
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    Hi there, I use tapes (placed at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th finger positions) and then use my tuner to see if I’m hitting the note correctly. As time goes by, I’m trying to internalize the correct sound and am finding that my ears are quickly becoming accustomed to the right note. I’ve noticed that, even though my left hand and finger muscles are not strong enough to hold the string down for a long note, my fingers do seem to be able to find the right note the more I practise. One thing I’ve noticed is that it is better to lift your finger off the string if you have the wrong note and try again, rather than “hunting’ for the note by moving your finger around. There definately seems to be a specific learning pathway using one’s ears to train one’s fingers, or is it vice-versa? I’m such a newby. The thing is that whatever setup you decide on, keep practising, it will sound right eventually.

    #16374 Reply

    Marlayum
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    Oh Kiwigirl, thanks for the encouragement AND the tip, I have been a note-hunter and it has been a bit exhausting. I will try lifting my finger and going at the note again to see how that works for me. I also just now noticed when I got up to practice a bit that when I stopped stressing out about the notes, I actually had more success getting it right the first time.

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