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Violin Fingering Reference Chart for Composers

String: Maximum general stretch = 5th on one string. 4th on one string more common. Maximum interval stretch increases higher up the ngerboard as distance between semitone reduces. Chords The more comfortable the chord, the easier and quicker it is to prepare = the more likely it will be in tune and sound good. Any note with adjoining open string = good. Open string will dominate if stopped note high up string.
Between adjacent strings:

=B= =n= =m= =a= =s= =d= =f= =g=

=b=

IV

=S= =d= =f= =g= =h= =j= =q= =w=

=s=

III

=H= =j= =q= =w= =e= =r= =t= =y=

=h=

II

=e= =r=

Open string

=N=

=R= =T= =Y= =u= =1= =2= =3= =4= =5= =y= =t=

=F= =G= =H=

=Q= =W=

Natural harmonic: will sound 15ma + M3 above this note Natural harmonic: will sound 15ma above this note Natural harmonic: will sound 15ma above string name

=A= =S=

Natural harmonic: will sound 8ve above this note

6ths, 3rds, 8ves, 7ths all easy and likely to be in tune in progressions 2nd slightly uncomfortable in some situations but very playable 4ths, 5ths more difcult to get in tune (in general) 10ths possible by good players Single nger can play across 2 adjacent strings, not three or four

=R= =T=

=!= =@=

Natural harmonic: will sound 8ve + P5 above this note

=F=

=Q=

Natural harmonic: will sound at this pitch

=G= =H= =j= =h=

=W= =e= =r=

=Y= =u= =1=

Articial harmonics Most common = interval of P4 on same string: will sound 15ma above lower note. Sounds best when lower note is up to 6th above open string).
Matthew Hindson: www.hindson.com.au

=$= =%=

=R=

=!=

etc. Continues up to:

8==5=

Natural harmonic: will sound at this pitch