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Can You Learn to Play the Violin or Viola when You Can't Read Notes (yet)?

Zlata Brouwer

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Published: December 2, 2013 at 6:27 PM [UTC]

Many people think that you can't start learning a musical instrument when you can't read notes.

That's absolutely not true. It's even better to start learning to read notes when you already play some tunes on your instrument and you can recognize them in the notes.

There is absolutely no point in starting out with boring theory. It's more easy, more efficient and more effective to start with that later.

I share with you how I teach my students and start with a so called 'auditive phase' in which they start right away making music!

Is this video useful to you? Please let me know in the comments!



PS: Do you have questions for me on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to

From Roy Wainscott
Posted on December 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM
I agree 100% that the modern method for learning is the best, at least for me. I even add in a little "monkey see monkey do"....LOL. By that I mean that when I watch someone play, I watch every fingering and every bow stroke. I can generally tell what note they are at by comparing what I see to my violin and viola note chart(I'm learning both). With a little trial and error I find what I'm looking for. It's actually kinda fun this way.
Thanks for all you do, Roy

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