Saint Saens Violin Concerto and recovering from big leaps
I'm working on Saint Saens VC, and I can't recover from that high harmonic on the G string near the beginning. I can hit the note in tempo, but then I can't get back down and in the correct position to do the 16th note runs that follow it. I can play the run by itself, just not with the harmonic preceding.
Try practicing the shift slowly, and always try to stop yourself at the right note. Don't know how helpful it is.
It might be that your hand and arm position are too far up to get back down again fast enough. Try keeping your arm position as close to about fourth/fith position as you can and reach the harmonic by stretching your hand and fingers. That way you'll get back down faster and can get your hand into the position you need for the following notes in time. Don't use your fourth finger for the harmonic, use third, its longer.
When you're doing a big shift, up or down, it helps to think the note in advance - hearing it in your head, as it were - and your finger is much more likely to go to the right place. That was a tip I had from my cello teacher. Practice this technique with your eyes shut so as to develop your proprioception (knowing what your hands and fingers are doing without looking).
I'm not having any trouble actually hitting the note. I'm having trouble getting my fingers from the high note, which is almost not even on the fingerboard anymore and back down in the correct hand frame to get the 16th notes that follow- which are very fast.
Vivien is correct. Don't move your hand all the way up, just enough to be able to reach the harmonic with your 3rd finger fully extended. Think about flinging your hand forward and then retracting it back between the B and the G-harmonic. Basically, throw your hand up there and let it fall back, without ever mentally leaving the first position. Try thinking about the motion as waving Hi to yourself.
You can be very exact about such shifts, whether you use an harmonic or stopped note. Find the position from which you can flex the wrist and extend the fingers for the final note. Go back and forth until you're very comfortable pivot-shifting between the intermediate (or 'launch') position and extended final position. Then practice an arm shift from desired lower position to intermediate position. Make note of the contact points for