How to Read Notes And Relate it to the Violin?

How do we present music pitch or a song on paper?  Through a system of made up of lines, notes and musical symbols.


For instance, the song ‘Happy Birthday’, the first line ‘Happy Birthday to You’….is represented on the music score like this:

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(1) The Music Staff: The music staff consists of 5 lines.

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(2) Music Notes can be put on each line of the music staff.

Figure 1: Line Notes

(3) Music Notes can be put on each space of the music staff.

Figure 2: Space Notes

Each of those lines and each of those spaces represents a different letter, which in turn represents a note or pitch. The letters or notes moves up sequentially in a set of 7 notes , A, B, C, D, E, F, G then back to A and moving up again.

Figure 3: Space and Line Notes Combined

For note reading with respect to playing the violin, we will begin with the reference note A (on the 2nd space). The note A is the second open string on the violin.

From the note A, we scale up 4 more notes to note E.

A, B, C, D, E are notes on the violin A string.

Figure 4: Notes on A String

Figure 5: Violin Fingerings


Figure 6: Notes on E String


Figure 7: D String Notes


Figure 8: G String Notes

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