The Names Of The Strings On The Violin

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Welcome back friends! The next step on our journey is learning and memorizing the 4 strings on the violin. It’s simple, its fun, and it’s absolutely necessary to our ability to tune, our ability to play, and our ability to improve our skills on the violin. Let’s jump in!

The names of the strings on the violin

G

The G string is the thickest string on the violin and is therefore the lowest in pitch. It is located on the left side of the violin (for right handed players, on the right side of the violin for left handed players). Directly next to the G string is the D string.

D

The D string is one of the inside two strings on the violin. It is the second thickest string. It is located directly next to the G string on the left hand side of the violin (for right handed players, on the right hand side of the violin for left handed players), which is the easiest way to remember it. On the other side of the D string is the A string.

A

The A string is one of the inside two strings on the violin. It is the second thinnest string. The A is located directly next to the E string, on the right side of the violin (for right handed players, on the left side of the violin for left handed players.) This is the easiest way to remember it’s location.

E

The E string is the thinnest and therefore highest pitched string on the violin. It is located on the right side of the violin (for right handed players, on the left side of the violin for left handed players.) Another way to locate the E string is that when you hold the violin up to your shoulder, the E string is furthest way from your head.

Helpful tips

Tip: How thick is the string?

For my beginner students, I tell them to observe the thickness of the strings. They are all different in diameter. In other words, each one is bigger or smaller than the others. This is an easy way to remember that thicker strings make lower pitches and thinner strings make higher pitches.

Tip: Where is the string located on the violin?

This is another tip I use to help students remember where  the strings are on the violin. When holding your violin so that the front of the violin, and the strings, are facing you, the thicker strings start on the left side of the violin (for right handed players. For left handed players, the thicker strings are on the right hand side of the violin). 

Final thoughts

Use this article to help you remember the strings of the violin. The quicker you memorize them, the easier it will be for you to progress on your violin. Additionally, it will increase the speed at which you gain prowess on your violin as well. That’s all for this one. Head over to the next installment in the beginner’s course and keep making progress in your journey to learn the violin!

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