Plucking – Fingering Made Easier

Just a quick post to tell you about something really neat I learned on Fiddlehed – Plucking.

As a beginner, it’s hard to place your left fingers in the right places to produce the correct notes WHILE bowing at the same time. So, to begin learning where to place the fingers AND begin associating the audible notes with the placement, you can pluck it out before trying to bow it out. It makes it easier to learn fingering than trying to do it while bowing.

Plucking is simply holding the violin kind of like a Ukulele, with it tucked up into your upper arm and plucking the strings while you finger the notes.

Once you learn the fingering for a piece of music, you can then hold the violin properly and pluck it out again. For this, hold your thumb against the side of the fingerboard and pluck with your index finger.

Finally, you can play the piece using your bow.

This exercise makes it so much easier once you begin trying to bow the piece.

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