How to Find a High Note on the Violin | Violin Lounge TV #313

by | Jun 19, 2019 | Play in Tune, Position Play | 8 comments

Maybe you can get there in a scale, but how to hit that high note in tune in one go? Apply this simple trick and practice strategy:

This episode is all about how you can hit that high note in one note on the violin.

Most people think it is just a matter of motor skills and you just have to practice it 1000 times. Maybe you’ve done this, and you may have discovered this doesn’t work. If you want to find that high note in one go you must have an image of that high note in your head so you must know where you want to go.

As with anything you need to know the destination you want to reach in order to get there. Same goes with violin fingerboards. When you have that clear image of the sound that you want then of course your hands need to cooperate and here is how to train your hands.

How to train your hands

First, be very sure you have found the right note on the violin. It can be helpful to use the D’Addario micro tuner just to check yourself.

You can easily place it on the violin, switch it on and it tells you what note you are playing and whether it’s in tune. It is especially handy if you have to hit very high notes in one go. You can also check yourself with another instrument such as the piano.

How to find that note in one go

Let’s say for a certain piece I have to play a High A note with my third finger on the E string. Find the note double checking it with the tuner, then swing your arm and get back to the note in one go.

Hi! I'm Zlata

Classical violinist helping you overcome technical struggles and play with feeling by improving your bow technique.

Be sure you don’t sabotage yourself with vibrato or slides. You really want to hit that note.

It may take a lot of repetitions before you can do this and you won’t get there in one practice session. So you’ll want to repeat this for weeks or even months until you can really reach that high note.

Now try this out in your play right now and let me know in the comments if this exercise is useful to you and how you like it!


  1. Mathilde

    very good exercise

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      Glad it’s helpful, Mathilde, what’s the next thing you’d like to learn on the violin?

  2. Sharon

    Hi! I am 48 years old. Am I too old to learn the Violin?

    • Thisbe

      Hi Sharon, I was 45 years old when I started to play the violin. It was one of the best decisions of my life! It gives you so much fun, is very healthy for your brain and causes a daily adventure. So do not hesitate, you will not regret it! 😉

  3. Thisbe

    The D ‘Addario micro tuner was a very good investment 2,5 years ago. I used it a lot in the beginning. Since a couple of months I am playing 3rd position and the tuner again is very helpful. I can check on my piano too but with the micro tuner I do not have to stop playing, so it is not disturbing your concentration.


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