How to play String Club animations

Use this video to learn how to play the animations on TheStringClub. Watch the numbers slide down the strings and play the note when it gets to the line at the bottom. The thick line on the left is the G string and the thin one on the right is the E string. The number tells you which finger to press. Its easiest if you have tapes like in the video to show you where the fingers go. "H" means to play a half step higher (in sound) than the normal position for the finger. "L" means to play a half step lower. Watch the video closely and play along to learn how it works. The sound in the video is played by a computer, not by the violin..

Todd Markey

Todd Markey

Todd Markey is an active orchestral performer in Georgia, frequently heard with the Johns Creek and Carroll symphonies, as well as the Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta. He received a Master in Music Performance in double bass from the University of North Texas in 1997 and taught at Valdosta State University from 2000 to 2004. Todd has a wide range of musical skills, including performance in classical, jazz, and rock styles, as well as composition and music theory. He teaches violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, and ukulele.

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  1. Phoenix
    Phoenix 29 March, 2014, 16:53

    Thank you so much, That makes a whole lot more sense than what i was thinking the L and H stood for in other videos lol

  2. Anahi
    Anahi 2 June, 2014, 00:02

    Thank you it helped me alot

  3. Ryan
    Ryan 2 June, 2014, 13:04

    What lengths are the little white tape looking pieces on the neck of the violin?

  4. Dan
    Dan 8 June, 2014, 17:23

    so h2 is d on the a string and l3 on a is c# on a.?

  5. diggerdave
    diggerdave 4 July, 2014, 11:39

    Just found this site. I’m just beginning the violin (at an advanced age) and I think this site is going to be a huge help. It doesn’t look like there are many posts here but I hope the site continues.

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey Author 5 July, 2014, 00:40

      I’m glad you found us! Let me know if there are any specific ways that we can help you learn. I love to get feedback from students so I know what they are looking for to help them move forward.

  6. alex sander
    alex sander 12 August, 2014, 10:21

    para mim vai ser um pouco complicado aprender pq eu sou brasileiro e esse site e ingles 😼

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey Author 12 August, 2014, 10:58

      Desculpe, talvez um dia eu vou contratar alguĂ©m para colocar tudo isso em portuguĂȘs. A coisa boa Ă© que nĂŁo hĂĄ palavras necessĂĄrias para entender esses vĂ­deos. Deixe-me saber se vocĂȘ tiver quaisquer perguntas. Posso usar o Google para traduzir.

  7. Micah
    Micah 13 November, 2014, 23:17

    This is already awesome, but it would be great if the note that we are playing was displayed as well.

  8. Pat Desselle
    Pat Desselle 19 December, 2014, 23:52

    I have sound here with the demo, but no sound with the play alongs……is there supposed to be sound?? This site is awesome!!!

  9. Pat Desselle
    Pat Desselle 20 December, 2014, 00:37

    No Todd….no sound. Here (tutorial) is the only place I get sound.

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey 20 December, 2014, 01:09

      Hmm, I really have no idea why that would be happening. Very sorry. I’ll pass this on to my tech guy and get back to you if we come up with anything.

  10. Pat Desselle
    Pat Desselle 20 December, 2014, 01:10

    Thanks so much!

  11. Chari Bolejack
    Chari Bolejack 29 December, 2014, 16:48

    Is the animation a program available to us (the public)? I would like to learn some hymns but most of what is posted here is not.
    Thank you

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey 30 December, 2014, 10:47

      No, its accessible to the public yet, though we are working towards that. If you have MIDI files of what you would like to learn, I can add them to the list very quickly. If you have sheet music, I can add them but it takes longer. Thanks for your interest in this and let me know if I can add some music for you.

  12. Caroline Adams
    Caroline Adams 31 December, 2014, 23:33

    Very helpful !!!

  13. Nicolas Bello
    Nicolas Bello 7 February, 2015, 20:51

    I’m still wondering what does it mean the downwards arrow the half square and the line that links two notes all at the left side of the strings. Can’t tell the difference by hearing I’m a noobie

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey Author 7 February, 2015, 23:52

      Those are bowings. The square one tells you to do a down bow. The triangle tells you upbow, and the curved line means to slur (keep the bow going the same direction for those notes.) You don’t have to do the bowings as marked, but it usually makes it easier and sound better.

      • Nicolas Bello
        Nicolas Bello 13 February, 2015, 12:29

        Thank you very much, this page has helped me a lot learning to play the violin.

        • Todd Markey
          Todd Markey Author 14 February, 2015, 00:39

          Great to know! Let me know if you have any specific requests for articles or videos for me to do.

  14. raffaele bennett
    raffaele bennett 18 February, 2015, 17:58

    so is H1 and L2 the same?

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey Author 18 February, 2015, 21:10

      They make the same sound, yes. Its just a difference of which finger you are using. Sometimes its better to use H1 and sometimes L2.

  15. Christopher Luk
    Christopher Luk 29 March, 2015, 21:31

    cant change tempo anymore which makes 10x harder to learn fast songs

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey Author 30 March, 2015, 02:35

      Yeah, sorry about that! We restricted that to paying members only because we need to start making a little money on this so we can keep doing it. The good news is that a basic membership is only $4 per month! Register here

  16. Sophia Aboujaoude
    Sophia Aboujaoude 31 March, 2015, 15:36

    Thank you, I was confused before!

  17. Sofia Donovan
    Sofia Donovan 20 June, 2015, 22:10

    How far apart is each white tape from each other on the fingureboard?

  18. Jefferson Lin
    Jefferson Lin 15 July, 2015, 17:24

    I just click randomly and found this! I just started playing the violin! I don’t like to play the violin but my mom don’t agree! I have to play 30 min. of violin each morning and after lunch I have to open the computer and learn violin on the computer! Oh how frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Marc Flaherty
    Marc Flaherty 2 September, 2015, 22:15

    How do you slow down the video?

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey Author 3 September, 2015, 10:34

      On the interactive player, you slow it down by clicking on the green semi-circle and drag it to the left. If you are logged in, but are only a free subscriber, you can’t change the speed.
      On one of the old videos like this (from YouTube) you click the settings button (little gear symbol) then click “speed” and choose .5 or .25.

  20. clare luo
    clare luo 15 September, 2015, 15:00

    still don’t understand!?

    • Todd Markey
      Todd Markey Author 15 September, 2015, 17:33

      The vertical lines are the strings, and you can tell which is which because of the thickness. The low string is on the left and the high string on the right. The numbers are the fingers, so if a “1” slides down the D string, you play D string with 1 finger pressing down right as the number hits the black line. When there is is an “L” in front of the number, you should move the first finger a bit toward the scroll, which makes it lower in pitch. “H” means high, so move your finger away from the scroll.
      Try playing some easy songs first to get the hang of it. Twinkle, Twinkle, Row, Row, and Lightly Row would be good ones to try.
      I hope that helps! Todd

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