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The very beginning of this melody requires 4th finger and high 3rd finger on the A string. These notes are frequently problematic for less experienced violinists. Before starting, make sure that your 4th finger is reaching up far enough and then place the 3rd finger right next to the 4th so they are close enough. Keep them together as the 4th and 3rd fingers lift and drop in the first part of the melody. The highest note of the piece is meant to be played as a harmonic. For those that haven't played harmonics yet, they are notes that you only lightly touch the string instead of pushing down fully like normal. In this case, you will go into 3rd position, then stretch the 4th finger out one extra step. Lightly touch the string while lifting all the other fingers a bit and you should hear the harmonic on the pitch E.
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Für Elise is a short piano solo piece by Beethoven which is one of his most famous pieces. It is usually referred to as a bagatelle, which is a term that describes a relatively short, mellow piece of music, usually for piano. This distinguishes it from Beethoven's larger, more serious works for piano such as the piano sonatas. In English the title is "For Elise" but it is not known who exactly Elise was or if that was even the original title given by Beethoven. The opening notes are some of the most recognizable in all music, partly due to the fact that the piece (or at least the beginning section) isn't very technically challenging, meaning that a great proportion of piano students have studied it at some point. The middle section becomes far more difficult and some students learn only the first section, as is the case in this version.