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Nearly there, you can do it, it’s the last shift! This is great piece for practising 4th finger shifts, moving between 1st and 3rd position. Now, get back to work!
We can change the character and expression of the music, by changing the sound that the violin makes. But how do we change the sound?
Oo-er … something’s in the air! These ominous exercises will help to train the lifting and dropping action of the 4th finger … keep calm as you crank up the pace!
A cheeky little piece to flex your 4th finger! Fun fact: there are 119 notes in the piece and 62 of them are played with the 4th finger. Make each one count!
We've saved the best until last... Shapeshifting is a beast of an intonation exercise! Tackle it gradually over several practice sessions... it'll take you gradually through different intervals on different strings... until you've built a super-comprehensive map of the fingerboard in your left hand muscle memory!
Shifting big distances like these on a single string really does require a leap of faith! But that faith will come from repeating the movement slowly lots of times.
Secure your 'hand frame' right up to the 7th position in this detailed interval training exercise! Once your hand position is in place, make sure the the 1st finger is placed accurately, then move carefully through the rest of the fingers, becoming ever more familiar with the 'feel' of the intervals as you go!
Finger Substitution - that is, switching from one finger to or from another, or from an open string, whilst staying on the same note - requires enormous accuracy! To arrive at exactly the same pitch as you departed from, you'll need to be absolutely on target...!
As you cross strings, take a quantum leap into another position! Depart from an open string, then arrive on a stopped note... which could be as high as 6th position!
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