Tuning the Violin

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional violinist and pedagogue Slavico Ilic demonstrates how to tune your violin.

    Slavico Ilic

    Slavico Ilic is a professional violinist and pedagogue. She has performed concerts in Italy, Israel, US, former Yugoslavia, and currently she is a principal second violin with Mount Vernon Symphony Orchestra. She is on the faculty at the International School of Music (ISM) in Bethesda, where she teaches violin to all ages, levels, and styles. With a distinguished faculty of 55 teachers, ISM provides students with a rich music education experience. The ISM faculty’s friendly personalities, insightful approaches, and individually tailored teaching methods have helped students become complete and versatile musicians. ISM provides an atmosphere that is warm and supportive so every student can achieve his/her best.

    Slavica Ilic: My name is Slavica Ilic and we are here in the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland. As I said earlier, violin has four strings and their names are G, D, A, and E. When we tune the instrument, we first tune A string. After we tune the A string, then we play two and two strings against each other looking for interval of perfect fifth. As I said earlier, the violin is a bowed string instrument that is tuned in fifth, that means the distance between each string is five steps which makes an interval of perfect fifth. Once we hear then two strings are in tune making a perfect fifth in tune then we move to the next two strings then next two strings.

    My next clip will be about finger placement on the fingerboard.