Autumn (from The Four Seasons )

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Learn how to play the notes of "Autumn (from The Four Seasons )" on violin for free using our animated scrolling tablature including sheet music and tab options for the easiest way to quickly learn the music. Enjoy playing along with 7 backing tracks which you can control with the track display. Use this tutorial with our tab to learn the song without having to read notes in sheet music.

Uploaded March 13, 2015
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Practice Notes

This arrangement of Autumn, first movement, requires many shifts and uses all the positions from 1st to 5th. You will need good familiarity with these positions. There are a couple times where you are in 3rd position, but will need to extend the 4th finger up an extra whole step to the harmonic E. When doing this, leave the other 3 fingers close to their normal places but lift them just enough so the harmonic may speak. This is a common technique employed to save an extra shift in situations like this.

Practice Exercise Suggestions

Shifting Exercise
F Major Arpeggio
F Major Scale
Harmonics Exercise

Song Information

Autumn is one of the concertos from the group collectively known as The Four Seasons. The music is a very early example of what is known as "programmatic music." That is music that intends to represent a scene, story, or character through music. Vivaldi is depicting various scenes from each of the four seasons in these violin concertos. Autumn begins with music that represents a village dance and song, in celebration of a bountiful harvest. Then, where the fast arpeggios begin, he is representing the stumbling antics of the village drunk, who has celebrated the harvest a bit too much. Later, the drunk falls asleep, and we hear the slow snoring sound, followed by a repeat of the village song from the beginning.