Your First 3 Octave Major Scale on the Violin or Viola | Violin Lounge TV #222

by | Mar 4, 2016 | Play in Tune, Position Play | 8 comments

This video teaches you the first 3 octave major scale that you can learn on the violin and the viola.

On the violin this is the G major 3 octave scale starting on the open G string and on the viola this is the C major 3 octave scale starting on the open C string.

In the video I explain the scale for the violin, but on the viola you can do the same fingering and play everything a fifth lower.

On the way up the scales starts in the first positions, shifts to the third and the fifth. In the last position you have a stretched fourth finger and that’s where the third octave ends. On the way down you skip the third position and go right back to the first position.

Tips from Zlata: Click here for a simple scale book and click here for the more complete Flesch scale book I recommend in the video. Click here for a device with which you can check if you are playing in tune.

Is this video helpful to you? Please let me know in the comments below! If you like it, share it with your friends!



PS: Do you have questions or struggles on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to and I might dedicate a Violin Lounge TV episode to answering your question!


  1. Cathy

    So sorry you have the flu:( Hope you feel better very soon! Thank you for the videos.

    • Violinist Zlata

      Thanks, Cathy! Feeling better already because of all the good wishes from the Violin Lounge community…

  2. John Norton

    Dear Zlata, Your G-scale was very interesting with the shift to third position on the A-string then to 5th on the E-string, the expected 4th finger stretch, and then the surprise – skipping 3rd on the descent going directly to 1st again which makes the rest easier, especially with descending open strings. Thanks so much for your videos.

    Please get over your flu very quickly if not sooner. Flu is not fun and can become serious if neglected. We want your smiling face back now, and you look terrific in the red top.

    • Violinist Zlata

      Hi John, well, the fingering is not my idea, but comes from the Flesch book. Thanks for your compliment! Working on the flu… 🙂

  3. Yael

    Thank you, that was very helpful!
    Get well fast my friend.
    Bright blessings to you

  4. Charles George

    Have you ever had the hair come lose?
    I was practicing when 8t came lose fortunately I had bought two bows.
    Also do you find different bows better for certain pieces?

    • Violinist Zlata

      Hi Charles,

      Nope, I’ve never had hair come lose (except one by one now and then, but that’s normal). There are many differences between bows in balance, flexibility and weight. A good bow can really help you in your progress.

      Pro’s always say: better a mediocre instrument and a very good bow then a mediocre bow and a very good instrument.

      Do you know I have my own line of carbon fiber bows?

      All the best,



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