Playing the violin, viola, cello or any other un-fretted stringed instruments requires some serious motor skills, combined with listening skills.
When first approaching the instrument, the fingers will not likely find their mark without some help. Even beginners who already have an excellent sense of pitch will have to fumble around a bit to train the fingers where to land. And those who are still refining their sense of pitch will need to be hearing correct notes when they play.
These are among the reasons why teachers put tapes on the fingerboard, to help the fingers land in the correct spot. Ultimately, those tapes should eventually disappear and the ear should guide the fingers, but this can take time and training.
Think back to when you started -- which may be many years ago, or just last week! Did you have tapes on your fingerboard? And how long did those tapes last? What are your thoughts about using fingerboard tapes? You can speak from your own experience, or from teaching experience.
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