4 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide to Proper Violin Fingering [Chart + Instructional Video]

  1. I remember my music from high school. I want to ask about open notes: on the violin if you play the G string open, it should be G note. Since it’s the low G it should be toward the bottom of the staff. If that’s true, then how and why does D come before A? I am still talking playing open notes.
    Patricia

    1. Musical notes come in octaves, or groups of eight notes. The open violin strings start with G, in the octave below the piano’s middle C note. The second string is D, the note above middle C. The third string, or A is an octave above the G string. This is because the order of musical notes in a violin’s lowest octave is GABC-DEFG. The A string begins in the next highest octave ABCD-EFGA. This is handy because you can play D with either your fourth finger on the G string in first position or by playing the open D string in the lowest octave.
      The G played with the 3rd finger on the D string is an octave higher than the open G of G string. That is why the strings are GDAE and not GADE or some other combination.

    1. I shouldn’t matter if you’re renting the violin, or not. You can still use fingering tape. It doesn’t harm the instrument, and can easily be cleaned later, if needed. My violin was rented, also, when I was a kid, and my teacher put the fingering tape on my violin… no problems.

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