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Zlata Brouwer

How to keep your 2nd finger low when you play a 4th finger

July 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

"(…) Do you have any advice on how to keep my 2nd finger from moving out of the C natural position while playing the E note on the A string? I have noticed this problem lately as I have been trying to play a song in G major called "Turkey in the Straw""

Watch this video to understand the causes and receive 4 tips to keep your 2nd finger low when you play a 4th finger!

Causes:

The high 2nd finger seems more natural for your hand.

The high 2nd finger is the first you learn, not the low 2nd finger.

The distance between de low 2nd and 4th finger is quite far.

Solutions:

Tip 1: Check your violin hold. Prevent that your 4th finger has to cross a distance that is not useful. Pivot your arm a bit more and give your 4th finger space. Have your knuckles parallel to the fingerboard. Make your 4th finger round.

Tip 2: Push your 2nd finger against your first finger. Feel the two fingers touching each other.

Tip 3: Practice the low 2nd finger in combination with the 4th finger with melodic variations in scales and songs.

Tip 4: Practice the low 2nd finger in combination with the 4th finger with rhythmical and bowing variations in scales and songs.
Thank you for watching Violin Lounge TV!

 

Love,

Zlata
Violinist and Skype violin teacher at Violin Lounge

PS: Do you have questions for me on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to info@violinlounge.com

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