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What you have to do now is to practice the notes made with
the first and second fingers until you know them well and can
play them from Fig. 71 or from written music. Here again an
exercise book of simple tunes written with these notes only
will be a tremendous help. There are a great many easy tunes
and melodies that can be played with the notes already de-
scribed. Examples are "America," "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton,"
"The Blue Bells of Scotland" and "Yankee Doodle," to mention
only a few of dozens. If you want to make your practice more
fun, get some of these songs and work at them until you can
The Third and Fourth Fingers
The next step is to learn the notes that are made by putting
the third and fourth fingers on the strings. These fingers are
not as strong as the other two, and violinists have to practice
using them in order to make them stronger.
Begin with the E string. (Fig. 72.) Put the third finger on
the string a whole step beyond G. This gives the note A. Put
the fourth finger on the string a whole step beyond A, and you
will have the note B.