A little help to a violin fan

June 4, 2019, 11:46 PM · Good evening dear violinist , my name is Khaled Abu zahra from syria , i study Dentistry and iam at my final year , i have been a fan of violin for years but my parents were very strict and religious , now iam old enough to chase my passion , so i bought my own violin , but because of my university , i cant sign or follow a teacher to play and learn from him/her , iam self learning on youtube and the progress is getting pretty good , but i have a big problem in reading a sheet , i have no idea what iam reading or what to exactly do , my violinist friend told me that my progress is pretty fast in playing what i'm seeing what is being played infront of me by looking on fingers , but now he went to military and i'm alone now , i really need a favor of any of you guys , i learned how to play along with a tab ,

but i need some one to translate me this sheet to something simple like E A D G , if i'm pressing with my middle finger then it's 2A etc < that's the image of the notes


that's a video of the girl playing it


and thanks in advance

Replies (4)

June 5, 2019, 1:45 AM · Hi Khaled. I also play the violin as a hobby, and music is my lifetime passion. I have never used tabs, so I can't help you with that.

But let me say that the effort of learning how to read sheet music is absolutely worth it, and absolutely necessary if you want to play classical pieces. Once you know how read staves and get some practice, tabs will look messy and will not be very useful.

You can find free resources like these to learn how to read music:



Good luck with them!

June 5, 2019, 7:53 AM · If you have access to iPhone apps, an app called “Theory Lessons” is excellent for a systematic introduction to reading music.
June 5, 2019, 11:14 PM · Thank you so much guys , for both of you <3 you helped me alot
June 6, 2019, 1:58 AM · Afwan, Khaled. I hope you can enjoy the violin for the rest of your life. If in the future you can get a teacher or a good friend that teaches you and corrects your posture, you will benefit a lot from it. Meanwhile, you can learn to read music and you can continue playing and enjoying it as you are doing right now. Being able to play is a reward itself.

I admire people like you who pursue a passion in difficult circumstances.

This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Yamaha Silent Violin
Yamaha Silent Violin

Corilon Violins
Corilon Violins

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

Anne Akiko Meyers
Anne Akiko Meyers

Nathan Cole's Violympics
The Violympic Trials

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop

Bobelock Cases



Los Angeles Violin Shop

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins


Wangbow Violin Bow Workshop

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine