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  • #61075

    Fayew3
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    Hello, old member who just got around to start learning this fiddle. 🙂 I notice in the videos, you have what looks like colored tape on the fret. I would really love to have that. I am sure I have missed the video or discussion, and I apologize for that. Would anyone share information with me about that?

    Thanks everyone for your time!   🙂

    #61077
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    I don’t have any experience with it but I think I’ve heard people here calling it “don’t fret stickers,” or some similar name.  I’m guessing you could find it on Amazon…maybe somebody who has one will see this and let you know the details.  Glad you are getting to learning and playing the fiddle…enjoy!

    #61080
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    Don’t Fret Position Indicator for Violin 4×4

    There’s lots of places to buy them Sharmusic.com is where I got mine they come in all sizes from 4×4 violin to all the smaller sizes also for Viola as well there like $5.95 each ! you can also find videos on how to install on U-tube

    Here’s a link on how to install ! I installed the full length because John teaches 1st and 2nd positions and this sticker does make it easy to know where to put your fingers it’s a little tricky to put this sticker on with the strings on the fiddle , its easy if you unstring

    https://bluegrassdaddy.com/step-2-how-to-read-tablature/

    https://youtu.be/GT3g5bVFnY4

    #61083
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    Faye,  what we’ve always done for new students is take some coloured plastic tape, and you can cut thin strips and put them across the finger board for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th finger.  We use a little wider strip for the first 3, and then a thin one for the 4th.  Sometimes we use a thinner one for the 2nd finger also, so it stands out from the 1st & 2nd.  They need to be cut fairly thin so your finger can tell just where the right tone is.

    There’s different philosophy of thought as to keeping it real simple and focus on learning by ear, where the simple plastic tapes work fine, or trying to combine learning all the notes from the beginning.  If you get real serious into learning something with a whole lot of double stops, and need to read them from music notation, then the don’t fret sticker is a big help.

    #61085
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    The don’t fret sticker is so thin  you can not tell its there by feel , its more of a visual thing , I use it to get into position , once I learn a song I really don’t notice the sticker much !

    #61088
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    One advantage of a narrow tape strip.  You can feel it (by the edges) without looking and then you definitely develop that muscle memory thing…to where you won’t need tapes in time.

    #61097

    Fayew3
    Participant

    Thank you, everyone! Such great suggestions. I’m torn between the no fret and put a couple steps of narrow tape. I’m thinking the muscle memory should kick in either way…maybe. Looks like I need to decide and order.   🙂

    #61119

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Faye, I do recommend using the tape, but not forever… It is a terrific learning aid and also an encouragement to beginners (no one likes to play out of tune). The full sticker like I have is also useful for intermediate fiddlers who are learning to play in higher positions. However, you will definitely want to start weaning yourself from it once your fingers begin to land reliably in the right places.

    #61389
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    Automotive pin-stripe tape is great!

    #61509

    Fayew3
    Participant

    Great Scott, thank you!! Incredible video.

     

    #61520
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    You are most welcome, Faye!   🙂   Hope you found it helpful.

    Just be careful downloading the application from the Google Play store.  I read a number of user reviews that said it was full of spyware and ads.  You can get the app (ad-and spyware -free) directly from the Strings Club if you sign up.  Seems like a pretty good app.

    #61972

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Great advice per usual, GS.

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