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Beginner Violin Exercises

Practicing correct violin exercises will greatly improve your violin skills and technique. Almost every new violin student I get, I teach the same way. I have them play exercises on open strings using the bow. The bow is sometimes difficult to use for beginners but in time gets easier. The most important things to remember are keep the bow straight and use the correct amount of pressure on the string.

Beginner Violin Exercises: Open Strings

My students always start out bowing the open strings on the violin. This is one of the best beginner violin exercises because it’s the easiest! The open strings on violin are G, D, A, and E. These strings are all a fifth apart. Practicing this exercise below helps with getting a sound out of the violin without having to worry about where your fingers are placed on the fingerboard. It can get old fast but is necessary when learning how to bow properly as well as play beginning songs on violin.

Violin Open Note Exercise

Beginner Violin Exercises: Five Notes

The next exercise I give my students works the fingers on the fingerboard. For some this could be where violin gets hard fast. If you can’t play the full exercise yet, I suggest trying to go back and forth on the first two notes shown. One is the open string and the other is the first position on the violin. Work really hard at trying to pinch your two fingers together even though the fingerboard is in the way. This will help you press down harder. Make sure that you don’t move your fingers once they are placed in the correct spot to get the note in tune. Any slight movement of the finger will throw the note out of tune. The best beginner violin exercises use notes on open strings and here the lowest and highest notes are open.

In this exercise below you are only using your first three fingers to get the sound for these exercises. This exercise is great because most students don’t realize but if you learn how to play the notes on the G string you can play the notes in the same position on each of the strings.

Beginner Violin ExercisesIf you are having trouble using the bow with this exercise then each string can be plucked. It’s important that you still try the exercise because you are getting your fingers used to pressing down on the string and changing notes. The bow can always come second. In following blogs I will give even more beginner violin exercises that will be based on the above exercise.

Jay Latulippe

Jay Latulippe

Jay is the program director at Let’s Play Music and make Art, LLC. He holds a degree in Music performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He has authored over a dozen books including the popular piano series, Let’s Play Jazz and More! published by Santorella Publications.

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