Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PLAYING THE VIOLIN

Sections of a Violin

How do you play the violin? What is the experience like? This short article is meant to enhance your knowledge on how you can effectively play the violin.

Learning how to play the violin can be a difficult endeavor, but is worth its while as it is a rewarding and deeply satisfying experience. Playing this musical instrument actually takes a lot of knowledge and skill. One should know the proper way of holding it, using the fingers to execute the notes, and then sounding the notes, all of which are garnered through formal lessons. Taking up violin lessons is one of the best ways to learn the efficient way of holding and playing it. Although workbooks and online tutorials are quite popular these days, it still pays better dividends to have a teacher to assist you every step of the way, as you gain more experience in playing this mesmerizing and soul filling instrument-the violin.

Holding the Violin

Holding the violin in its right position is critical if you wish to play the violin with any great success. An incorrect position of the instrument leads to difficulty in playing it. Not only is it uncomfortable for the musician but it also tends to produce a sound that is far from pleasant.

The left arm is supposed to be curved at the base of the body of the violin and must be placed around and over the neck. This will allow the hand and the fingers to position over the strings. The chin rest is then placed in between the chin and the left shoulder. Meanwhile, the right arm should be situated in front of the face so the bow will be able to pluck the strings accordingly.

This knowledge in proper positioning of the violin then leads the musician towards fingering the right notes, a positive step in your quest to play the violin. In contrast with guitars, violins don't have frets. Therefore, as a musician, you should train yourself to listen well to the notes. Your ears should be sharp in taking note if your bow is plucking the right notes on the fingerboard.
Positions of the Violin

The violin is held in four different positions. The first position is actually the farthest from the musician's face. This position is used to sound low-pitched notes. The fourth position is the one used to sound the highest notes. The violin is then placed further up the neck.

The strings of this musical instrument are tuned in ascending order, from the lowest
towards the highest. They are placed in order as G, D, A, and E. The violinists can also play ‘open’ strings, meaning that they can play the string even without pressing on it. More so, they can also change the tone produced by the string by means of applying pressure.

Sounding the Notes

When the fingers touch the notes, they create the sound. Therefore, there are various ways of sounding them. The bow can be dragged across the strings that need to be played. Doing so creates a long and steady sound. The musician can likewise play the pizzicato, which means plucking the strings with the fingers using the right hand. This creates the staccato sound associated with it. As violin maestro Matti Karjalainen explains, “When a string is   plucked, sound waves emanate that are not from the harmonic family of notes heard when a string is bowed.”

Playing the violin is not just about knowing how to play the notes. It is more about using the bow, understanding the right position of the instrument, fingering the notes, reading the notes, violin music and playing the music by ear. These tips should help you understand the violin to a better degree. Start learning these basics now!