May 11, 2008 at 4:21 PM
Does your left hand’s pinky "sound" bad?
You do not need a stronger 4th finger, just watch your bow as it is probably trying to help the little one and in so doing it destroys the tone.
The bow will move away from the bridge to help the pinky as we concentrate on the perfect placement and balance and shape and vibrato and, and, and… the pinky is where to much attention has gone.
Solution: Come nearer to the bridge and…
— careful —
The bow will also likely slow down in assisting pinky.
Solution: …keep the flow of the bow.
Remember the contact variables of the bow hair to the string — the 1) point of contact, 2) speed of bow, 3) weight of bow, 4) amount of hair, 5) string selected and 6) vibrating length of string/position number.
Everything affects everything.
Use your eyes to educate your ears and sense of touch. Discrepancy of tone will be more easily heard and understood when the eyes observe.
a. Higher strings are played nearer to the bridge, if all else is kept equal.
b. Higher notes on the same string are nearer to the bridge in bow placement, if all else is kept equal.
a. Lower strings are played further from the bridge, if all else is kept equal.
b. Lower notes on the same string are further from the bridge in bow placement, if all else is kept equal.
To be continued…
Hope this helps —
Technique is the tool by which we accomplish the artistic.
Thank you Drew.
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