Beginner Violin Tips

The Best Beginner Violin Sheet Music

A lot of beginner violin sheet music focuses on music you probably know from your childhood, songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Mary Had a Little Lamb. When first learning to play sheet music, it is usually best to start with relatively simple tunes that you already know by ear. These can be folk […]

How to Build Violin Calluses Quickly, Minimize Finger Pain, and Prevent Blisters

At the beginning, learning to play the violin is rough on your fingers. There is really no way around it. Repeated friction and pressure on the fingertips of your left hand can create finger pain. BUT… the human body is an amazing thing. After a few weeks of regular playing, the skin on your fingertips will […]

Pizzicato – How to Get Faster and Avoid Hurting Yourself

Usually abbreviated pizz., pizzicato means you should pluck the strings instead of using the violin bow. The opposite of pizzicato is arco, which in Italian means “bow.” Pizzicato in Sheet Music If neither pizz. nor arco are explicitly stated in your sheet music, then you should assume the music is meant to be played arco (with the bow). Some beginner violin books have you […]

Fingerings – How to Read Sheet Music

Now that you’ve learned about Open Strings, it’s time to start putting fingers down. In violin sheet music, each finger on your left hand is given a number (1 through 4) with 1 being your index finger and 4 being your pinky (little) finger. A 0 means “no fingers,” in other words play an open […]

Open Strings – How to Read Sheet Music

This is the first of several lessons that pair up what you’re seeing on the page (sheet music) with how to physically play the violin. If you do not already have some familiarity with reading sheet music, then it may be a good idea to go back to our reading sheet music Introductory Lessons and […]

Learn to Read Sheet Music Fast

Most beginner violinists learn to read sheet music the slow way. Find out how to outpace the typical beginner and get fast at sight reading.

Clef – How to Read Sheet Music

Find out what the various clefs mean in sheet music and how it affects you.

Style Markings – How to Read Sheet Music

Style markings are comments that tell you about the mood of the music. The tricky part is that they are usually written in Italian.

Tempo – How to Read Sheet Music

Tempo means Time in Italian, but it is frequently used to indicate mood, not just speed of the music. Here’s a list of common tempos.

Dynamics – How to Read Sheet Music

Dynamic range is where a lot of the excitement in music can come from, so it’s important to develop sensitivity to dynamic range early on.