Are you ready to branch out from sheet music to start learning songs you like or tunes you’ve heard by ear? Playing violin by ear is a skill that can take years to get comfortable with, so it’s a good idea to start experimenting with it early on.

These 10 steps will help you get started!

Step One

If you’re learning an existing song (rather than playing something you made up in your head), it’s a great idea to listen to a recording of that song while you try to play along.

Keep in mind that it will be easier to play along with a recording of a violin, rather than another instrument playing it. Look on YouTube to see if you can find a video of a violinist doing a cover of the song. If it’s a popular song, you should definitely be able to find some videos you can use.

Step Two

Once you’ve found a recording of someone playing the song on violin, you can use it to help you learn the song.

You may be able to pick up on some of the fingerings and be able to tell which strings and notes the violinist is playing to help