A violin fingering chart fingerboard is provided in the image to the right. Most violin music for beginners uses only the 1st position so our violin fingering chart is limited to just first position.

The easy to read violin fingering chart is great for parents and students to use at home.  Play games and test each other. This free violin fingering chart is especially helpful when you are dealing with a younger student because they still need your help. Be creative, for example, let your child quiz YOU on finger placement!  They are thrilled when you don’t get it the first time. Help your student learn the violin fingering chart early they will have a much easier time in the future. Remember, keep it fun!

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Using the Violin Fingering Chart: First Position

There are several violin finger positions one must learn. However, as a beginner, the first one you’ll need to learn is called first position. And so this is the violin fingering chart we have displayed above.

First position includes the first (or lowest) five notes that you can play on each violin string. Since violins don’t have frets or marks that show you where to put your fingers the way guitars do, one of the most challenging aspects of learning the instrument is knowing where to place your fingers.  The violin fingering chart can help with this.

However, if you don’t have your finger in exactly the right spot (even if it’s just a bit off) the note can come out sounding out of tune. To help with this, some teachers favor placing finger tapes on the fingerboard that show you the proper violin finger placement.

Over time, your fingers will develop something we call “muscle memory,” and eventually you’ll be able to remove the tapes and play in tune without them.  And memorizing the notes on the violin fingering chart will also aid you in learning all your first position notes.

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