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Hi Beth!

I'm trying to wean myself from using tapes on my violin as I've had them for quite a while now and I was wondering if there is a sequence on which one to remove first?

As I understand it, you don't remove ALL of them at once, but instead it's a gradual process. I'm not sure if I'm ready for it, but I'd sure would like to try it. After all, I can always put it back should I begin having difficulties.


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Posted: March 9, 2011
Last Comment: March 10, 2011

Posted: March 10, 2011
I never really thought i used the tapes until one day I took off the first. Even though I did't think i looked at them, I kept trying to put my first finger on the second tape. I put it back on. I will try removing the second and see how that goes.

Posted: March 9, 2011
Thanks! That sounds like a good plan of attack. I'll be sure to follow it.

I feel as if I was learning to ride a bike by taking one training wheel off at a time. LOL.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 9, 2011
Jack, I have students remove the second finger tape first. Both the 1st and 3rd fingers share anchor roles, but the second finger floats between the low and high positions at this point anyway.

Once you're comfortable with that, then I'd remove the 3rd finger tape, and then develop the habit of constantly checking the intonation with the lower adjacent open string. The 1st finger tape will remain as the reminder for the thumb placement and will be the last one to take off.

Once you've played a while without the tapes, you may want to put one back on for shifting, but we'll discuss that later.