• Notes


    •PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!  Look at the key signature! 

    You MUST determine which notes are flat or sharp before you start playing!  This is crucial!  If you’re in the key of F major, you have to know that playing F# is forbidden!


    •Write in fingerings if your fingers keep getting confused

    I encourage you to mark your music.  Don’t think you have to keep your music pristine and new.  If you have trouble, write in a fingering.  I beg you!  Write in your music!


    •Pluck passages that give you difficulty

    Eliminate the difficulty of bowing.  Pluck passages to learn notes.  Then you may add the bow back.


    •Play the pitches on the piano

    If you have studied piano, this may help you hear what the pitches are supposed to sound like.  An “A” on the violin is the same as an “A” on the piano.  Make sure your piano is in tune before you start, however!


    •Listen to a recording (your book comes with a CD!)

    Don’t say you couldn’t practice it because you didn’t know what it was supposed to sound like.  Use the CD that came with your lesson book!  Be resourceful!  You can even find many recordings and videos on YouTube to help you.