Rydal Penrhos Preparatory School Music Department

Welcome to the year 3 beginners violin booklet 1!


Maybe you could point to them as your teacher explains them! Tuning pegs Finger board 4 Strings ‘f’ holes Bridge Tailpiece Chin rest 2 .2 As we begin let us show you the parts of the violin.

3 When you play the violin you will be playing it with a bow! Tip Stick Hair Screw You will also need the following to use with your violin. this is to help you to hold your violin comfortably)  3 . it helps to grip onto the strings)  A soft duster ( This is to keep your instrument free of rosin dust after you’ve played) A shoulder rest (of a piece of sponge or foam.  A block of Rosin ( This is to rub on the hair of your bow.

Don’t pull it out!      4 . in the car on a hot day or any other place that is hot Don’t get it wet Always loosen the hair on your bow when you are not playing your violin Don’t touch the hair on your bow with your fingers If a bow hair comes loose ask an adult to cut it off close to each end.4 Taking care of your violin and your bow!  Keep your violin clean and free from rosin dust Don’t leave it in the sun.

This is shown is also shown in the picture. Your thumb and middle should form a circle. Bend your thumb and place it just above a part of the bow called the ferrule. Place your little finger an area at the end of the bow called ‘the frog’. Middle finger and thumb 5 .5 How to hold to your bow. The Ferrule The Frog Thumb Curve your fingers over the stick of the bow. spread them out a little bit.

Place the hair of the bow between the neck and the bridge as shown in the picture. To get the sound of the note the hair rubs against the string. The G’s are a type of note called a crotchet. stave The note G This piece uses the open G. 6 . They are written on five lines called a stave.6 The Note G Bridge Neck The note we’re going to play is open G.

7 The Open D string Play the open D string with the bow in the position as shown in the picture. 7 .

8 THE NOTE A Crotchet rest When you’re playing these open A notes remember to say ‘shh’ to yourself when you see the ‘crotchet rest’ Open A string 8 .

9 .9 The open note E is shown in the picture below.

They are called the upbow and the downbow.10 Upbow Downbow The piece above uses the open strings that we’ve played so far. The symbols above the notes show the direction of the bow. 10 .

11 .11 Minim count 2 beats Semibreve count 4 This piece uses a new type of note which you play for two beats called a minim A This piece of music uses open G and the note A which is played on the G string as shown in the picture.

E 12 .12 This piece uses the open D string and a new note E which is played as shown in the picture below.

13 This piece of music uses open A and a new note B which is played as shown in the picture. B 13 .

. The sharp sign is written like this....14 This piece uses the open E and a new note called F sharp..# It is played as shown in the picture below. F# 14 .

15 Let’s look at the notes we’ve played so far! Write the names of the notes in the boxes next to the pictures! 15 .