The violin has 4 strings: G, D, A and E. Like all other tuned instruments, the violin has 7 notes (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G) but are repeated and sound the same only higher or lower in pitch. You use the fingers on your left hand to make different notes by pressing down on the strings in different places and plucking it or moving the bow across the string.
On the G string, you can make an A by pressing down your index finger on it and plucking the string or moving the bow across it. If you put down your middle finger and play it, it makes a B. Similarly, you make a C by pressing down your ring finger on the string and playing it. This happens on the other 3 strings as well (D string: E, F and G; A string: B, C and D; E string: F, G and A).
As you progress through the levels of violin playing, you will find that there are different positions in the violin. You can play these different positions by moving your hand further up the neck (towards the bridge). In total, there are 10 positions (the 10th is literally next to the edge of the fingerboard). Often, you have to shift up and down through these positions, which is difficult at first but gets easier with practise. In the higher stages of violin playing, shifting is used in many scales and in most pieces. This can create an even better sound.
Jake Jones has played the violin for many years and explains How to play the violin easily in detail.
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