I am having a tough time to do block fingering while descending a scale. Any tips will be greatly appreciated.
PS: I'm doing Hrimaly Scale System. My teacher wants me to do block fingering.
What is block fingering?
For example, I
Albert, block fingering is a good way to prepare finger patterns, which means planning note patterns, which is another way of saying thinking the key of the scale.
It's related to pattern mapping in the fingers as well, where instead of placing fingers individually as notes come up (what I call the "whack-a-mole" approach), you place as many of them down as possible in a tetrachord pattern of whole/half steps. Then, you only need to take fingers off instead of having to target and place them for the next note. It's essential for speed and clarity on descending scales.
Thank you for everyone's input. I just really have to put my fingers down and check the intonation. Is it really hard to drop the 1st finger half step to 2nd finger together?
Sounds like you maybe squeezing the second knuckles together. You might find this thread helpful (maybe.)
It's good to play the ascending scale many times before adding the descending bit: which is a bit like going down a ladder in the dark! A ladder with missing rungs....
The best source of finger blocking in scales is in Simon Fischer's book, Scales. He got some of his ideas from Zdzislaw Jahnke's book Studium Gam Na Skarzypce. Only available in libraries. It's oop
Ha! I'm trying to teach myself the diminished scales, and I'm trying to do it without looking at music or fingering charts so that it will hopefully, in the long run, be better learned (I'm not entirely sure why I think so, but it's not important here anyway). What I noticed is that it's very easy to figure things out going up ... but strangely much harder coming down. I think there's something fundamental about that ... about the way our brains do scales.
As in my ladder-in-the-dark analogy, the hand has to memorise the linear
I am not playing myself, i just watch my son's lessons. My son has this exercise too (just limited to one scale). While he plays 0A, he needs to form the finger block in a write pattern (depending on the song or scale he plays) and put it all at once. With the teacher, they first discuss the left hand position (all small issues he has to focus on) and what is the pattern needed for a particular piece, they form the pattern. Then place it on a bow (using it as a fake violin) while singing, and only then try with bowing. As long his left hand position is correct (relaxed, window between hand and fingerboard, correct fingers form, nails toward him etc) and he is focussed, he sounds precise. Sometimes it is easier for him to go down, because the correct position of the 3 is more natural for him than the 1, where he needs to really control himself, so he uses 3 as a coordinate where to put the block.
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