Playing the violin well takes years of practice. A good starting place for learning to play the violin is with a simple song such as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." This song only has five different notes and uses two strings of the violin. If you begin slowly, have patience and continue to practice, you should be able to play it well before too long.
Things You'll Need:
Hold the neck of the violin between your thumb and index finger of your left hand.
Position your chin on the chin rest of the instrument
Hold the bow in your right hand. Your thumb should be on the underside of the bow and your fingers on top.
Practice stroking the strings of the violin with the bow by using a long fluid motion downward and then back up. Apply enough pressure so that you don't hear a "squeaking" sound when the bow moves along the strings.
Playing the Song
Play a downward stroke on the third string of the violin followed by an upward stroke on the same string. This is the A string. You do not need to hold down any strings on the neck. The word that corresponds with A-A is "Twin-kle." Play the second "twin-kle" by playing the E string twice. This is the fourth and highest string of the instrument. Play the first E with a downward stroke and the second one with an upward stroke.
Play F# (F sharp) twice by holding down your index finger on the fourth string and giving an upward then downward stroke of the bow. This corresponds with "lit-tle." Play the open fourth string to get the E note on "star." Play D# twice for "how I." Do this by placing your little finger on the third string as you bow it twice. Use your ring finger to press C# twice on the third string for the lyrics "won-der." Continue with "what you" by pressing your middle finger on the third string for two B notes. End this first phrase with an open A note (third string) for "are."
For the phrase, "Up above the world so high," play E, E, D#, D#, C#, C# B. Repeat the same notes for "Like a diamond in the sky."
Play the same notes you played in steps one and two to end the song with "Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are."
Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.