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How to Play the Violin/Fiddle

based off of an essay for english composition

Ellen Leonard

on 21 September 2012

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Transcript of How to Play the Violin/Fiddle

By: Ellen Marie Leonard How to Play the Violin/Fiddle Violin Fiddle or (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr A violin and fiddle are the same instrument. The musician plays exactly what is written in
the music
Classical music is played
Precise bowing is essential Violin The music on the page is just a road map, and can be changed to make the music unique
Country or Bluegrass music is played
Bowing is done however the player can make it work Fiddle Instrument itself
Bow and rosin
Music Materials needed in order to play the instrument Instrument Itself Bow and rosin Music There are many different parts to a violin/fiddle The bow and rosin go hand in hand in producing sound Music is needed so that the musician will know which notes to play, in what rhythm, and in what order Positioning and holding the instrument Step 1 Instrument placed on the left shoulder
Instrument horizontal and parallel to the ground
Chin comfortably placed on the chin rest
Left hand wrapped around the neck of the instrument Step 2 Rosining the bow Step 3 Holding the bow Held with the right hand
Held at end with large block of wood where the hair is held into place
Thumb placed on side closest to body
Other four fingers lightly wrap around the top and opposite side
Don't allow fingers to touch the hairs Step four positioning and using the bow On top of the strings
Between the bridge and the fingerboard
use wrist and not elbow Step five Learning where the notes are Fingering charts can be used to start with, but where the notes are need to be memorized Step six Learning the notes on a music staff writing notes in on the music is acceptable only for a short period of time Step seven Knowing the length of each note knowing how long each note needs to be held out is what allows there to be a rhythm No matter what type of music is played on the instrument, much fun can be had and many talents can be shared through it. The End
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