December 25, 2008 at 4:38 AM
Buri strikes again! I laughed out loud on the inside from your ingenious poem! Everyday things that tell you not to do them, or have sarcastic remarks... too true!
The bit about the violin hold... Anything that warrants someone so peaceful as you getting a desire to scream is certainly something to watch out for. ;-) Funnily enough, my violin teacher just pointed this out to me not 3 weeks ago! However, I already have that inside info about the alignment of the little finger from my 9 years of ballet training. The bit about the vertebrae is so important, I think perhaps I forget this sometimes, or I go through the motions too fast to really do it correctly.
Great tips as always, Buri. Thanks.
sorry, I foprgot to note- the poem is by GB Shaw who is a long time favorite of mine.
Hope you feel fully recovered soon,
I have some difficulty going back to practise the way I used to after having gone away travellng for a few weeks. Your blog has inspired me to start being focused again for better results. It's magical. Thank you!
This is probably a dumb question for you, but I have a weak little finger and now it is so much weaker after the break. When working on the notes that demand the little finger a lot, what should one's mind attend to other than the sound of course: the finger base, the finger tip, the axis as you described, the forearm, or the elbo?
By the way, when my cats or the dog barf, I'd skip them a meal or two to let their stomach get a rest. But I'd have to keep them indoor, as they are good at catching mice and house sparrows.
glad you are both writing again and feeling a tad inspired to practice. Weak little fingers? Mmmm./ Auer said that his was naturally weak and he had to work on Kreutzer f major a great deal. Just to cheer you up...
Having said that it is surprising how many little fingers turn out not to be so weak afte all. I often find it useful to pay attention to tension in the base joint of the -first - finger before doign anyhting else. This can be blocking the fingers innate strength. Another way of looking at it is to try and get the feeling not that the finger is working in its lonely little isolation but rather that the weight of the hand is rolling into the finger. That often does the trick.
Finally if one has a weak little finger then retainign the shaope of the hand can be really importnat. Even small differences can create problems. That`s why I so strongly reocmmed `You know whos ` book on tehcnique.Once you get accustomed to playing with fingers down as much as possible including four while playing octaves every thing seems to function much better.
My cat throws up only on rare ocasdsion (Christmas, New Year, birthday etc) but does not have a stomach problem. Afterwards he is always extremely hungry so I can`t skip a meal because I can see his tiny little brain saying `So I threw up, grungebreath. So what? I` got style man. Where`s my )('&%$ dinner?
Have a great new year.
Kreutzer f major it is. It's good for me to do something sanitizing these days.
Paying attention to the weight of the hand and the shape of the hand... Yes! I think I'm on the right track... After I had read your blog today and looked at myself in the mirror, I didn't like the way my wrist bent when I was stretching the little finger repeatedly to reach the f or E while having the first finger stay on b. My thumb was full of tension too. Then I tried to reshape the hand to 'empower' the little finger, that seemed to have worked.
I guess the tip of our finger is so much more sensitive than the rest of the hand so that it is very easy for our attention to be immediately drawn to the tip rather than the whole hand or even the base joint when we feel through the notes. For me anyway, I need to remind myself often, whether it comes to intonation or LH agility, that it is not about the finger tip or even the finger after all. It's always about the 'team work' of the hand, arm and the whole body supported by solid axis, just as many affairs should be treated in life. What a great way to conclude 2008!
Have a great new year to you too, Buri and please keep writing!
yes it is indeed great to see yixi back in action,,typing also increases pinkie power:)
also great to see pearls from buri, yet again...particularly like the part about pinkie's spatial relationship to the violin, leading the thumb,,,very easy to visualize and understand.
i think one day buri should consider publish his quirky writings, allow me,,,buri's burps. it will be a blast.
Buri`s Bottie burps?
Thanks very much for this post. It was perfect timing. A couple of days ago during my practice, I noticed the tension on the right side of my neck. I couldn't figure out what to do about it and it's a couple of weeks till my next lesson. Now I'm waiting for everyone to get up so I can try it.
I read posts here so often that are incredibly helpful. Thanks to all of you who kindly share your wisdom.
Back to lurking - Wendy.
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