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Compare with loose strings

When you start playing violin you will play in "easy keys" such as C, G, D, and A major. Here it is always possible to find an interval up against the note you are playing, for checking if you are in tune by playing a "double stop" that is playing to strings at the same time. First finger on the A string (B) will compare find with the loose E-string, and it will also compare witht he loose D-string. (You may note a small difference due to the the comma of Didumos. More about this later. ) Second finger on A-string both C and C# on A string will compare against the E-string. (IF you are on lower strings, these will compare witht he string above. G on E-string can be compared with the G-string, but G# cannot!). Third finger compares with the string below, forming an octave, this is easy to identify. Forth finger compares with the string above (unison) When the fourth finger is flat, you have a problem this can only be done with a tuner, or by checking with a piano.

Some notes like Eb, Db or G# does not compare against anything. Here it is nice to have tuner to compare with. Just play the note slowly when you are practicing, and learn its position. (The tuner can not follow you as you are playing, but you may stop up for checking) It is easier to do the check if you have connected a microphone to the tuner, and put the microphone on you violin. )