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Finger Slippage on Dounis and Flesch Left Hand Studies

Bryan Goodhead

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Published: December 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM [UTC]

Hello Fellow violinists, I am a very avid fan of Dounis' Opus 15 as well as the Daily Dozen (Section 1). Ditto for Carl Flesch's "Urstudien". That being said, these left hand studies that require the setting some fingers while others move is a daunting task for me. The problem isn't necessarily the movement of fingers, but not allowing the set fingers to slide. We are told often in our approach to Schradieck pp. 1&2, that only light pressure is necessary and that we should never firmly grip the neck of the instrument. No matter what pressure I use, no matter what combination, my fingers slide involuntarily, especially the 3rd finger. My 4th finger has a double-jointedness that I have worked so hard to eliminate. Nature is what it is. I do these things because I dream of playing the Bach 1001-1006 someday. I have considered purchasing a baseball pitcher's rosin bag. Merely rubbing my fingers on solid rosin doesn't seem to be enough to do the trick. If anyone has experienced similar difficulties and found a solution, please add your thoughts. I am bound and determined not to be discouraged. Thank you for your consideration, Bryan


From Lydia Leong
Posted on January 1, 2014 at 12:23 AM
How strong are your fingers in general? Is it really a strength issue or a finger independence issue? Are you sure that your hand is at the correct angle, and the hand is balanced at the center (weight of the hand centered around the second finger, rather than the index finger), which facilitates both stretching up and back? If your fingers are sufficiently strong, holding the stretch will feel fairly effortless.

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