You can play the open strings now. Just play them a lot so that you can play them very well.
I am going to take you to another step: using the fingers. You can change the sound by putting a finger on a string. Maybe you can try that once?
If you here closely, you’ll notice the string will sound higher if you put a finger on the string.
Your fingers have to be in a right position on the strings to make the rights notes. I will show you a picture on which you can see the right position on the strings.
First finger position on the string
Put your index finger where the image starts:
First, look very good to the position of the fingers. Then, make sure your index finger is on the place as you can see on the picture. Your wrist must be straight! This is very important. As you can see on the picture: the first finger is not at the beginning of the string but a little bit higher.
Try to put your first finger on the string. Use pizzicato to listen to the difference of the sound. First play an open A string. Then put your first finger on the string en pluck again. Do not press too hard or too soft. If you are reading notes, this is what the first fingers look like when you play a first finger on every string.
*the sharps will be explained later but remember the word
The first finger is on the same place on every string. Maybe you’re asking yourself why the first finger on the G string is called A. Or why the first finger on the A string is called B.
Let me explain that to you now.
With notes we use the alphabet. From A to the next letter is B.
If you play the A string and you are putting your first finger on the string, you are also going one step higher, just like the alphabet.
The only difference is: we only use A, B, C, D, E, F, G When you are going one step higher from the G ( just like the G string to the first finger on the G string) you’re starting again with the letter A. Here are the exercises of the first finger on every string.
Exercise first finger on the A string
Exercise first finger on the D string
Exercise first finger on the G string
Exercise first finger on the E string
The next exercise is to make it more easy for you to listen. You now don’t have to think what note you have to play. You only have to look to the numbers.
0 = open string
1= first finger
2= second finger
3 = third finger
4= fourth finger
Play the exercise on the A en D string. Use pizzicato to play it.
Tip! When you’ve played the first finger and you’ll have to play the second after the first, leave you first finger also on the string etc. Keep as much fingers on the string as you can!
Don’t lift them if you don’t have play him. Just leave the fingers on the string. Of course there are exceptions: when you’ve played for example the fourth finger and you have to play the third, then of course you have to lift your fourth finger. Just think well when you play it. That will help you.
0 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 3 4 3 4
0 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 0 1 2 3 1 2 3 4
0 2 1 3 1 3 2 4 3 4 2 1 0 2 3 4
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