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In addition to the great answers ioseph and 200_success gave: First, make sure you have good fingerings. It might be a good idea to get some help on this (private teacher, school orchestra teacher, more advanced student, etc.). Practice small groups of notes and make sure you are grouping the notes, and playing in a very relaxed, comfortable way. You'll ...


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Ok I had the exact same situation (I'm in level 4 too) and I found the answer. A metronome (or a metronome app is what I use) and patience. So the metronome came in handy for me because I was rushing and it became sloppy. With it I could slow down. The patience part is what came hard because I am pretty impatient (part of the reason I was rushing and needed ...


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While there are bows for baroque performance that you can interactively tense with the thumb, those are not really historical. The historical bows still have less tension, however, and a convex rather than hollow curve which makes playing multiple strings easier. Also baroque violin style tends to play less in higher positions and, related to that, there ...


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Ben Kushigan's suggestions are great for practicing intonation specifically. I've also got a few suggestions to help recognize when you are off while playing in general. The single piece of advice that most improved my intonation was to not watch my left hand. Instead, look into the distance, or watch the bow. Play against a drone tone. Set your computer ...


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You can put some thin tapes on the fingerboard to show you where to put your fingers. Make sure you do a simple warm-up at the beginning every day, in which you are getting very comfortable with where each finger "belongs". For example, play the first half of a scale a few times, without worrying about rhythm, bowing, tone production, etc., just ...


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Playing the violin in key goes hand in hand with your aural skills. You need to be able to recognise the false notes and be able to correct them yourself. A good idea is to maybe do the Sulfa system so can in your mind play the first note of a scale and know how all of the other notes in the scale sound. You can also try to do scales with the piano if your ...


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Learning intonation on violin is difficult a) because a new student doesn't necessarily have intonation in their ears so it is hard to judge accuracy and b) because even if the student does have relatively decent intonation it's not a trivial task to get the fine muscle control to execute an in-tune note. I'll lay down some basic suggestions and then get a ...



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