Beginning Violin/Viola


Get a method book for your instrument. The orchestra book for your instrument can be purchased at any local music store or you can order it online from Amazon here: VIOLIN:    or   VIOLA:

You need Essential Elements 2000 for Strings, Book 1 for VIOLIN or VIOLA published by Hal Leonard. It is important that you have this book because it has information about how to play your instrument, reading music, and songs for our Winter and Spring concerts. Please put your name on the front of your book with a black Sharpie or permanent marker.

This is where you will get information about what to practice each week.

Lesson 3: 10/17/18-

Now that we know how to play notes on open strings, we will use our book to learn new pitches with help from a fingering chart and then play those pitches in short exercises or songs. Make sure you record your practice time each day in the chart at the front of your book. I will check this chart at each lesson and initial your time for the week.
Please Practice the following this week:

  • Start learning the exercises on pages 6 & 7. You will need to know where to place your fingers for the pitches E, F# and G on the fingerboard. Take your time to practice fingering each note carefully by using the picture of the shape of the hand at the top of the pageMemorize the finger to press down for each pitch. 
  • Refer back to the picture at the top of the page when things don’t sound right.
  • Then memorize where the pitch sits on the music staff- is the pitch on a line or a space?

Lesson 2: 10/10/18- VIOLIN/VIOLA Week #2 Instrumental Lessons-

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Lesson 1: 10/03/18- VIOLIN/VIOLA Week #1 Instrumental Lessons-