Violin G string notes and fingering

Before playing on the G string, let’s find out what notes are in the first position. They are G as an open string, A -the first finger, B- the second finger, C -the third finger, and D the fourth, pinkie finger.

Violin G string notes

A few helpful tips to learn violin G string notes:

Make sure to follow all the steps below to make your learning process easier and faster

  • Your left-hand elbow is angled appropriately so the pinkie finger is rounded when placed on the string
  • You rotated your wrist to the right or clockwise, and the base of the pinkie finger knuckle is close to the fingerboard
  • The base knuckle of the pinkie is at the same level or slightly higher than the fingerboard.

Violin G string is probably the most difficult string to play and mainly because it is the farthest string that is hard to reach. When we play on the G string we also should consider the tilt of the instrument and its placement relatively to the left hand. If you still feel uncomfortable while playing on the G string you might want to reconsider your violin placement and its tilt which you can do by changing your setup, such as shoulder rest and chinrest. Many factors come in to play here and even a slight movement of the violin can change your playing in a better way.

When you play the music please remember that the number assigned to each finger is not the same as on piano keyboard. When you play on the G string, the notes and numbers are written in the following order: the index finger is 1 ( A note), the middle finger is 2 ( B ), the ring finger is 3 (C), and the little finger, pinkie, is 4 ( D) . 

Sharps or flats are only a half-step higher or lower from the original note. It means that if you have G and A flat, you would put two fingers almost together, so there will be no space between them, they basically have to touch each other. If you have G and then G sharp, you would move the finger just half step higher. Don’t be surprised if you see G sharp and A flat notes. They sound the same, although written in different keys. 

Keep you fingers rounded and relaxed. Do not press too much. You only have to apply adequate and light pressure to the string, so it slightly touches the fingerboard. No excessive pressure. When you start practicing watch the string closely and feel the amount of pressure you have to apply. Maintain correcte left-hand posture. Keep the left-hand relaxed. Left-hand thumb should gently touch the violin’s neck



A,B,C notes


Violin G string notes


A,B,Csharp,D notes


A,Bflat,C notes


A,Bflat,C,D notes


Aflat,Bflat,C notes


Aflat,Bflat,C,D notes

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