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First Fret for 1/2 Violin / 12" Viola

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  • The decal removes absolutely cleanly from the instrument.
  • Uses four colored lines to indicate the first position beginner notes
  • Guidelines are printed to help properly align on the fingerboard

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Technical Details
Item Weight9 g
Product Dimensions17.8 x 0.5 x 5.1 cm
Item model number119
Additional Information
Shipping Weight9 g
Date First AvailableJune 28 2013
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First Frets is a simpler version of the Don't Fret Finger Position Indicator which uses four colored lines to indicate the first position beginner notes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for beginner! Dec 15 2012
By Kotek - Published on
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My daughter started out with red tape that her teacher taped up. Those are a bit wide and made a big difference in tone depending how she placed her finger. I bought first fret sticker here on amazon. What an improvement it made in the tone! In addition, the regular tape feels bumpy but this sticker is flat on the fingerboard, so it's only visual, fingers don't feel the lines. This helps to get used to not having any markings later. There is another type similar to this first fret, called don't fret. Don't fret is much longer and more useful for practicing other than 1st position. Don't fret also has white lines for half steps... so more lines. My daughter wanted to look "professional" and insisted on taking her first fret sticker off 3 days before her first recital. She played her piece with closed eyes so she wanted to look cool and thought she was ready for no lines. We took it off to find out that she wasn't mentally ready for it. She wanted to look at her fingers and plain black was messing her tone up. Right before recital was a bad time to change things. We rushed to a local music store and they didn't have first fret, only don't fret. We put that on but too many lines was confusing. It's easier to know that you must put your finger between two colored lines for natural C than have every single position with lines. Too many lines! We ended up blacking out the white lines with sharpie and also cutting off the sticker to 1st position. If your child is just starting, this is a wonderful simple sticker. I would highly recommend it. Just keep in mind that you have to make sure that distance is just right from nut to bridge. If it's different, adjust the bridge, otherwise the tone will be off: it's just physics and what sound you get is all relative to the length of the strings. Right after my daughter's recital, we have upgraded to 3/4 violin and bought 3/4 don't fret sticker: we did use sharpie to black out the white lines and left the longer sticker to help learn more than just 1st position. IMHO, don't fret just is overkill with lines, less helpful that way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Easy to use - but be cautious when applying. Oct. 2 2015
By Lauryn - Published on
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Easy to put on the instrument and doesn't obstruct the string and/or fingers. However, this is a decal - meaning that it is a single large sticker; if you're not careful when placing the sticker, you must peel off and re apply which then means you run the risk of the adhesive not sticking anymore. Also, if you're not careful when placing the sticker you run the risk for bubbles. (air bubbles will not cause issues while playing).

Highly suggest loosening the strings significantly - the point where you can push them over to the sides of the neck of the instrument.
Great for violin studies April 7 2014
By Spike1140 - Published on
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Perfect for beginners. Now my kids have visual reference that helps them during violin practice. It also helps me to concentrate on some other stuff and not just intonation when they play. Also allows them to practice without me with better results so when I work with them, we can now fine tune the piece instead of just starting from the basics. Huge time saver.
Help finger placement July 29 2014
By M. Smith - Published on
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The stickers help my daughter know where to put her fingers, but they were all red because of the size of her viola. She has the other colors, but her viola doesn't fit those sizes. One of the stickers is coming off because she's recently started to learn shifting.
First Fret June 25 2015
By NJ - Published on
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I have used First Greg's for years on my kids and grandkids violins and cellos. They are Accurate and easy to install and more importantly easy to uninstall.