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    Draw the bow.Once you've set up your music stand and sheet of music, open the case and take out the sheet. Now the hair on the arch is still limp. Tension the bow by turning the set screw clockwise until there is enough space between the hair and the bow rod for a pen to fit snugly from one tip to the other. [4]
    • The hair shouldn't be too limp, but neither should it be too tight. They shouldn't be parallel to the wooden part of the arch, but the wooden part should be light curl up to the hair.
    • Don't use your little finger as a guideline, as the sebum on your skin is transferred to the horsehair, which must remain sebum-free to make it sound as good as possible.
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    Rosin the bow.There is light and dark colophon. Both work well and neither are expensive. In warmer climates, light colophon is preferred. In the Nordic areas, people prefer to use dark. If you live in an unpredictable climate, buy both. Colophon is usually a rectangle made of hard, translucent material in a paper or cardboard sleeve that is open on two sides. Take the colophon by the side provided and stroke it gently, but firmly, up and down the horsehair three or four times. You want to transfer some resin "dust" to the horsehair to make it stickier. You must always rosin the bow when you practice. [5]
    • If you think the colophon is not giving off "dust", then take a key. Sandpaper, a coin, or some other sharp object and use it to scratch the rosin. There will be slight streaks if you scratch hard enough.
    • Too much rosin will cause the bow to have too much grip, which will result in a scratchy noise. If you rosin your bow too hard, it doesn't matter. All you have to do is play a few hours to get him back the right amount of rosin.
    • If it is a newly strung bow, then you will have to colophon it more strongly than normal. Pull the flat side of the bow over a string to see if you can hear a clear sound after three to four strokes of the rosin. If not, put more rosin on it.
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    Voice the violin.Put the bow aside for a moment and take the violin out of the case. The strings should be tuned to G, D, A and E from the lowest to the highest note. You can buy an electric tuner for 15 to 20 euros, depending on the quality of the brand. With the pegs in the snail you can tune large differences in tone. If the tone sounds a little crooked, use the small metal or plastic "fine tuners" at the bottom of the violin to fine-tune small differences in tone. When you're satisfied, put the violin back in its case for a moment. It's best to have a professional tune your violin the first time.
    • Use a whistle tone to help you find the right note, or just search the internet for sound samples.
    • Not all violins have fine tuners, but you can have them built in. Some violins only have one fine tuner on the E string. Some violinists can only get by with one fine tuner, others prefer four. [6]

    Here is a mnemonic for the right notes from lowest to highest:
    Geh D.u A.older E.sel

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    Take the bow.Find the balance point to learn how to hold the bow and balance the weight. When you think you're ready to hold the bow like a pro, gently place the handle (the lightly padded part of the bar, usually a few inches above the set screw) centered on your index finger. Place the tip of your little finger on the bottom of the flat side of the bar, bending it slightly as you go. The ring and middle fingers rest centrally in line with the fingertip of the little finger. Their tips are on the side of the frog (the black part that connects the set screw to the horsehair). Your thumb is below the bar, i.e. in front of the frog and near or on the bow hair.
    • It feels a little uncomfortable at first, but over time you get used to it.
    • Your hand should be relaxed and loose. It should be a little rounded like you're holding a small ball. Your palm should not encircle or rest on the arch. This gives you less control over bow movement, which is especially important as you get better.
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    Hold the violin.Stand or sit with your back straight. Take the violin by the neck in your left hand. Bring their underside up to your neck. Place the lower back of the violin on your collarbone and hold the violin with your jaw. If you want to learn sheet music, however, you'd better hold the violin like a guitar and buy a music book. That helps a lot.
    • Your jaw should be on the chin rest just below your earlobe (not your chin). This way the instrument won't slip off your shoulder. (Therefore, on TV, violinists always look like they're looking down and to the right.)
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    Perfect your hand position.Place your hand under the top of the neck and support the violin so that the snail is facing away from you. Hold it in place by placing your thumb on the side of your neck and rotating your fingers over the fingerboard. The fingerboard is the black plate on the front of the neck.
    • Beware of the "waiter's hand" where your left wrist touches the fingerboard, like a waiter holding a plate. This could become a habitual mistake if you don't fix it.
    • As a beginner, your hand should be as close to the top of the neck as possible so that your index finger is still on the fingerboard. You will later learn how to quickly move your hand up and down to play higher notes.
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    Play the strings.Place the flat side of the bow hair roughly centered between the bridge (a thin looking piece of wood that's roughly in the lower quarter of the strings and holding them up) and the fingerboard so they are directly above the belly (front body) of the violin. Pull the bow as straight as possible along the strings, preferably parallel to the bridge, and work with a little pressure. The violin should make a noise. Tilt the arch at a 45 ° angle to the bridge.
    • If you push more, the violin sounds louder. But too much pressure makes them sound scratchy. With light pressure, you create a sustained tone from one end to the other of the bow.[7] If there are gaps, the bow needs more colophon.
    • If you play too close to the bridge, it will also sound scratchy.
    • Tip the bow slightly to the snail and the tone sounds more concentrated and therefore more professional.
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    Practice with open strings (G, D, A, and E from the low to the high string).Empty strings are simply the strings played without your fingertips on them. The neck of the violin lies between the left thumb and forefinger. Keep the bow level on the string with your wrist, elbow, shoulder and contact point. Change strings by raising or lowering your elbow to bring the bow to the correct height. Start by making small arch strokes about six inches down the center of the arch, then make half arch strokes from the frog to the center and back. Work your way up to full arch strokes.
    • Short and long strokes are important techniques when playing the violin, so you won't waste time practicing short strokes.
    • Keep practicing until you can play one string without touching the other. It is important that you learn to control so that you don't accidentally play a note that you didn't want to play.
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    Play different tones.It takes a lot of practice to learn the pressure and position of the fingers in order to play clear notes. Start with the strongest finger, the index finger. Press the tip of your fingertip on the highest string (the E string). You don't have to work with a lot of pressure like you would with guitar strings. Moderate but determined pressure is enough. Pull the bow over the E string to create a slightly higher pitched note. If you're holding the violin properly, your finger should naturally be about an inch below the saddle (the end of the fingerboard) giving out an F.
    • Play more notes. If you can play a clear note, place the tip of your middle finger a little below your index finger on the fingerboard. Hold both fingers on the fretboard to play another, higher note. Put your ring finger in front of your middle finger and repeat the process. The little finger is also used, but this requires a little more practice. At first, only worry about the first three fingers.
    • Play more strings. Play four notes (blank, first, second, and third finger) on all four strings. Notice how much pressure you need to apply to make a clean tone.
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    Play scales.It's a series of notes that go higher and lower in a certain pattern (usually eight, sometimes five). You start on a note and finish on a higher or lower version of that note. A simple (and useful) scale for beginners is the D minor scale, which starts with an open D string. Then you put your fingers one by one (as described above) on the string and play each note: D (open string), E, ​​F sharp, G (played with the help of your third or ring finger). If you want to continue the scale, play the next higher open string, A, and repeat the pattern on the A string: play B, C sharp, and a D with your third finger.
    • If you play it correctly, the D minor scale (and actually any B-flat key) sounds like the famous “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do” that is often sung. If you don't know, search online or watch the musical film "Meine Lieder - Meine Träume", in which the memorable and well-known song "Do Re Mi" is sung. That will explain everything.
    • If you don't hit the note, remember: Place your first finger on the string one finger's width from the upper saddle, the second one finger's width from the first, and the third finger touching the second. If you like, ask your music store or teacher if they can mark your finger positions with white tape so you have a visual cue.
    • There are other pitches, such as minor, major, or even pentatonic (made up of five notes) pitches, but you will learn, practice and internalize these later.
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    Practice every day. Start with a short period of time (15 or 20 minutes) and practice a little longer each day until you can complete an hour or run out of time to play. Ambitious violinists practice three hours or more every day. Such violinists often get money for playing. Practice as much as you can and keep doing it. It can take you months to become good enough to play some simple songs, but eventually it works out.