Beginning Songs

With most of my students I take a different approach in the beginning. I know that, in the beginning, there is a lot to think about and do at the same time. So we don’t have to add learning music notation on top of that, I have my students follow a number system to learn a few simple songs while they work on developing their technique and producing a good sound. That way you have the gratification of making a song sound good in the beginning and not just exercises.

Most of my beginning students will have finger tape on the fingerboard of the violin which shows them where to place their fingers. This is a temporary help until you get used to feeling and memorizing where your fingers are placed.

  • The tape closest to the scroll is #1 and you put your first (index) finger on that tape. The next is #2 and your second finger (middle) goes on that tape and so on with #3, and #4.
  • If your tapes move, do the best you can to remember where they are. Let me know and I will have to adjust or replace them the next time you see me.
  • Most of these songs can be played on any string and I encourage you to try and do the songs on different strings to get used to playing on all of them.
  • There are a few that use more than one string but they use a 2 strings right next to each other. So pay attention to what is written so you don’t miss that.
  • The dashes mean hold the note longer. (Usually 2 beats) Don’t worry a whole lot about rhythm.
  • If you don’t already know the song, try looking it up on YouTube or try a different one.
  1. Hot Cross Buns (Three Blind Mice)

2 1 0 —

2 1 0—

0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 (faster)

2 1 0—

Mary Had a Little Lamb

2 1 0 1

2 2 2—

1 1 1—

2 4 4—

2 1 0 1

2 2 2 2

1 1 2 1

0—

Jingle Bells

2 2 2—, 2 2 2—

2 4 0 1 2—

3 3 3 3, 3 2 2 2

2 1 1 2, 1— 4—

2 2 2—, 2 2 2—

2 4 0 1 2—

3 3 3 3, 3 2 2 2

4 4 3 1, 0—

Ode To Joy

2 2 3 4, 4 3 2 1

0 0 1 2, 2— 1—

2 2 3 4, 4 3 2 1

0 0 1 2, 1— 0—

1— 2 0, 1 (*2/3) 2 0 *(play both notes quickly within one beat (8th note))

1 (*2/3) 2 1, 0 1 **1— *(played faster like above) **(1 on lower string)

2 2 3 4, 4 3 2 1

0 0 1 2, 1— 0—

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

This one will be laid out a little differently. You play this song using 2 adjacent strings (2 strings next to each other). To do this without notation, I have to write it out this way. You will see 2 rows of numbers with a horizontal line dividing them. The upper line of numbers are the fingers/notes you play on the upper string, the lower row are the fingerings for the lower string.

Line 1 

        0 0 1 1 0—                               0 0                         0 0

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0 0                       3 3 2 2 1 1 0—             3 3 2 2 1—            3 3 2 2 1—

Line 2 (notice it is a repeat of the first half of Line 1)

        0 0 1 1 0—

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0 0                       3 3 2 2 1 1 0—

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