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Serpentine Fingerings in Flesch Scales

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Published: December 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM [UTC]

I have been practices my scales more lately and was wondering about the practicability of serpentine fingerings in the double-stops. By serpentine, I mean the use of the same fingers for multiple notes in succession.For example, in C major, in sixths, the third and fourth fingers are used starting in first position, moving up to fifth position, and then back. Would it not be more practical to practice a different fingering? If a similar passage in sixths were to arise, I doubt that the same fingering would be used.


From Kathryn Woodby
Posted on December 27, 2013 at 4:02 AM
You'll likely get a lot more responses if you repost this on the discussion board. worthwhile question!
From Kathryn Woodby
Posted on December 27, 2013 at 4:02 AM
haha unless laurie posts it on the main page and buri starts posting profound and excellent answers :)
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on December 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM
these kind of scales are essential in the same way that one finger scales up and down the fingerboard are. There are three basic reasons:
1) They teach very clearly how the distance between fingers for the same interval changes as you move up and down the fingerboard, and essential skill for good intonation.
2) Every scales is covering things that happen to a lesser extent in pieces. IE although you might not get two octaves of sixths you could well get one followed by another and the most expressive and technically efficient way to do this is often use the same fingers. For example, right now Im practicing Paginini Caprice 20 where this is necessary quite a few times.
3) Not only are you practing position changing but also basic portamento and even to some extent the flexibilty and suppleness of vibrato.
Flesch knew what he was doing (most of the time...)

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