Here is one way to introduce a beginner to the violin through pizzicato, or plucking the strings.
We start by plucking the strings G, D, A, E with the right hand in guitar position. I like to anchor my curled right index finger to the right bottom corner of the fingerboard, next to the E string.
Kim Zabelle, violinist from Seattle, taught me this piece called the Ant Song. As we pluck each string with the thumb four times, starting with the E string, we can say along:
Each, each, each, each and every
Ant, ant, ant, digging in the
Dirt, dirt, dirt, all the way to
Greece, Greece, Greece, Greece.
Towards the end of the video I do hastily pluck with my violin up but don’t worry about