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Uh... this is kinda embarassing... knowing everyone here are like pros and all...

I just bought my very first violin the other day (a dream come true!), but unfortunately, I still don't know how to play it. I still can't take formal classes which is such a bummer... that is why I'm here. I'd just like to ask anyone here if you could give me any good site where i could download a violin manual that could get me started. I don't even know how to tune it nor use the rosin (pathetic)... hope someone here could help me out... =)

I play the piano... would knowledge in piano notation be of use when it comes to violins?

Thanx a bunch!

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Don't feel so out of place....many of us here are complete beginners just like you or only a few weeks ahead of where you are now. You will find lots of information to get you started online and many here who will answer your questions but you really should at least find someone to teach you the basics at least in person.

Best of luck in finding a mentor of some kind...have fun!!!

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I started out the same way, n 5th grade. Are you an adult? I started when I was ten, which, depending on how you look at it, can be kind of late. I didn't play any instrument. Now I'm pretty well adapted. If you are a kid and you can't get a teacer for whatever reason, it is probably a good idea ot consult with a family friend or relative who plays violin if at all possible, often. The book I started out on which worked pretty good for me was Essential Elements for strings level one. I went through it in a few weeks. Then I got Hrimlay scale studies and Suzuki book I and work up from there. I hope that helps and I won't get any hate mail from people who disagree with me!!

Katie

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By learning without a teacher, you would pick up bad habits that you would have to unlearn later. There are some web sites that have some excellent information on violin learning, however. The Charles Dancla String School page has pictures of the correct violin posture as well as info. for beginning and advanced players. The address is http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~leonid/gomain.html

The string pedagogy Notebook has some interesting pointers on various aspects of playing.

http://www.uvm.edu/~mhopkins

Another site you might find interesting is ethan winer's cello page, which discusses learning an instrument at a later age http://www.ethanwiner.com/adultbeg.html

Finally, there's a page called Teaching the Fundamentals of String Playing. It's written for teachers, and is somewhat wordy, but a beginning player could find it useful.

http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/r-muel/str...d/pedpaper.html

The four strings are G,D,A and E. The A is tuned to A440. The strings are in fifths. To tune the A, you might use a tuning fork, or many metronomes come with an A tuning pitch. To apply rosin, lightly scratch the rosin surface and run the bow across the rosin. A teacher can show you how to do it. The violin is an instrument that takes years to learn, but it is well worth the effort. Have fun.

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: I play the piano... would knowledge in piano notation be of use when it comes to violins?

Yes, reading piano music will help. It makes one less thing you'll need to learn, which means you can concentrate on physically playing the violin without worrying about what all those lines and marks mean. You'll also find that switching to reading only one staff is a bonus! :-)

Good luck!

Laurel

: Thanx a bunch!

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