Don’t Fret Violin 4/4 and Viola 14″


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Finger position indicator for stringed instruments

Don’t Fret® Enterprises

Our Products
We manufacture two types of finger position indicators for violin, viola and cello: the Don’t Fret®, and
the First Frets finger position indicators. These are decals which adhere to the fingerboards of violins,
violas and cellos. They are made of clear vinyl, are abrasion-resistant, and remove easily and cleanly from
the instrument. Both product lines are available in sizes ranging from 1/16 violin to 4/4 cello.

The decals are printed with coloured lines so as to indicate the proper positioning of the fingers on the
instrument. Both replace stickers, tapes, and other markers. Compared to other types of markers Don’t
and First Frets finger position indicators are more accurate. They also will not slip, slide, fray or

The First Frets decal has 4 lines, thus indicating only the most common notes for the beginning player.
First Frets substitutes for, and is an improved version of, the most common fingerboard marking
practices. Some teachers prefer to use the First Frets for their beginning students as it is closer to their previous practice, and then as their students advance to continue with the Don’t Fret®.

The Don’t Fret® decal has 12 lines indicating a complete chromatic scale of one octave. The lines—5
white, and 7 in other colours—are arranged in the same pattern as that of the piano keyboard, with its 5
black and 7 white keys. With the full set of lines it is easier to teach finger patterns, keys (tonalities), and
intervals such as whole- and half-steps. Because the 12 lines make the patterns of whole-and half- steps
more obvious, many teachers prefer to start their beginning students directly on the Don’t Fret®, simply
teaching finger placement one colour at a time.

Additional information

Weight 0.08 lbs


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