As fun as learning to play the violin is, it’s not without its challenges. As a beginner, the number of skills you’ll need to learn can be overwhelming.

The best way to simplify this process is to focus on the fundamentals. Consistent practice is important, but it often means you’re repeating the same mistakes. Once you know the basics, making progress is much easier.

Ready to get started? Here are some essential dos and don’ts of playing violin for beginners!

Do Learn to Tune

First things first: tune your violin before every practice session. If the strings are out of tune, all notes will sound wrong even if your fingers are in the right place. Fortunately, most types of violins only need slight adjustments.

To keep your violin tuned at all times, invest in a portable chromatic tuner. On top of being a responsible habit, this will help develop your intonation. If you don’t know how to tune a violin, consider hiring a teacher.

Don’t Ignore Your Form

If you’re a complete beginner, simply holding a violin can seem strange. As a result, you’ll often find yourself developing poor form. This involves bending your back, drooping your shoulders, slackening the hold, etc.

The proper violin form starts from the ground up. Create a “V” shape with your legs and use the left collarbone and shoulder to support the violin. This will make it easier to deliver the right amount of pressure.

Do Stay Relaxed

Another way to improve your form is to avoid gripping the violin with tension. When you’re playing violin, tension is like kryptonite. It prevents you from showcasing your violin skills and can lead to physical injuries.

Having a good shoulder rest can do a lot to prevent tension. Finding the right shoulder rest will depend on your body type. Most violin shops stock a variety of brands, so visit one and start experimenting.

Don’t Rely on Your Eyes

Since a violin fingerboard has no frets, many beginners struggle with learning where to put their fingers. Finger tapes seem like a viable solution, but they teach you to use your eyes for what should be an auditory skill.

Instead of relying on visual cues, use your ears to recognize pitches. You can practice this by listening to music regularly and identifying intervals by ear. Even if you’re not a music education major, this shouldn’t take long.

Do Set up a Practice Routine

Playing an instrument effectively is all about regular practice. Ideally, you should set up a firm daily practice schedule. Practicing for just 15-20 minutes every day is still better than one half-day session once a week.

If you’re often busy, consider habit-stacking. This process allows you to link your violin practices to another part of your routine. If you do yoga, for example, practice the violin for 20 minutes before your sun salutations.

More Tips on Playing Violin for Beginners

In essence, playing violin for beginners is a lot like reading a book. As long as you go in the right order, making sense of it all will be much easier.

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