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Donna Marie
Hi Beth and everyone.

So, I'm practicing my violin and I'm now mastering Song of the Wind.  With my current skill level, is it good to be adventurous and play a song on the by ear?  So far I'm at the second stanza of a song and it has notes outside the 1st position (such as A flat on D string and and C on the A string).  I know the notes because I'm using my piano to help me identify what I should play on my violin.....

Is this bad for my violin skills as I don't know how much bow to use and where in the bow I should play?  
Donna Marie
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Posted: October 31, 2011
Last Comment: October 31, 2011

Donna Marie
Posted: October 31, 2011
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Hi Beth, that's good to know.

The A flat on D, I picked it up on the piano then I used my ear to find it on the D string. My ears are a lot better in picking up notes, which helps me play better compared to note reading alone.  Your diagram on the notes really helped a lot as I visualized it while saying the note out loud so I can find the notes on A.

As for the song, yes, it's on the A major scale.  

Thanks for the encouragement!  I have a different song that I wish to master after this one, which is a local kundiman, a tagalog love song for my grandmother and mom.  I hope I'll be able to have enough skills in the violin to master this song.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 31, 2011
Donna, developing your listening skills is a good thing! I'm only wondering about the note A flat in that song.  Did you pick it out by ear on the piano first? A flat on the D string is still in 1st position. We play that note with a low 4th finger. My suggestion would be to learn the tune on the piano starting on an A (which will correspond to the open A). That will put you in A major, which will be easier for now.

For simple songs like this, just stay in the middle of the bow for the eights notes, and use more bow for the quarter notes. (I do have a tutorial for that one).