This instructable is going to teach you the basics of playing the violin.

You will learn:
1. How to prepare to play
2. How to read violin music
3. How to hold the violin and bow
4. How to put all of this information together to play "Hot Crossed Buns"

Step 1: What you need

In order to play the violin, you'll need the following things:

A violin.     (A decent violin usually costs upwards of $800, so I recommend finding a friend or teacher with a violin that you can borrow, or renting one from a local music store.)

A bow.       (The bow does not always come with the violin, and can also cost hundreds of dollars. Hopefully, if you are borrowing or renting a violin, a bow will be part of the deal. If not, inquire.)

A shoulder rest.     (This is used to hold the violin between your neck and shoulder. Since a violin is not shaped to fit this part of  your body, this helps violinists be able to play longer and have a better sound overall.)

Rosin.         (This is a sticky resin obtained from various trees and plants that helps the bow make sound when it comes in contact with a violin string.)

Music.           (For this instructable, see slide five for the music. Otherwise any local or online music store, or music teacher can help you find music for beginners.)

A music stand.        (You need something to put your music on! Most music stores carry stands that are fairly inexpensive. If you are unable to find a stand, I suggest using other household items placed on a table or shelf to prop your music up.)

*All of these things can be obtained from a local or online music store.*
<blockquote>I have been playing ever since 5th grade. Playing the violin has been passed through generation to me. Most of my family plays. Some quit and I wasn't surprised. I love these instructions. </blockquote>
<p>I play I didn't make it lol</p>
Still awsome instractable iv been playing since i was 7
Actually you don't need a music stand. You can use a laptop or anything that has a slant to hold your music up until you learn the song by heart.
As said by FueledbyRamen, you should REALLY edit the G C A E thing to G D A E, especially for those that are planning to use this instructable as a reference to learn violin.
Violin tuning is G D A E, good instructable though :D
g, d1, a1, e2, to be exact/pretentious.
I love it how you assumed you could learn to play violin in 4 steps. I've been studying at a music school for 10 years now, and I still find new things all the time.
im in a band and i need a secondary instrument.my primary is guitar,but we dont have money to any right now to i need to learn violin and play lots of rock(heavy metal).so do you know any good places to learn rock music on violin.thanks<br><br><br> forever young
thanks.ill tell that to my friends tomarrow.thanks again.oh and when we make our music ill send music albums(songs on disks)to you for free.hope u like it<br><br> forever young
If your anything like apocalyptic im sure it will be. Saw the live a few months ago by accident which has led me to loving them. Im in the process of building a electric fiddle with the same plan to play untradditional.
hmmmmmmm.well if me and my bandmates decide to use violin we will.but we need lots of money
Just a little something on Step 2: Not enough info on how to read notes. Most people usually don't know what a measure is for, how long a quarter note would sound relative to other notes relative to a preset tempo, or how to properly draw the violin / hold it in place. It's on...
where can i get sheet music for violin!!!! (i try online contless times but they all cost money!!)
This site's pretty good: http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page , and you can also get a lot of sheet by Googling the song name and using &quot;filetype:pdf&quot; to get PDF files of the songs.

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