Buri said in Jay's thread:
'Also consider two aspects of left hand security. Do you keep only 1 and 4 down? Would it help to have the second finger retsing lightly on the upper string?'
'I rest 2&3 lightly on the strings......'
How to play\practise\teach octaves is something I have been thinking about a lot recently.
Personally, I don't actually remember holding down or lightly resting any other fingers apart from 1 and 4 when I was at college, (and I see a lot of other people do the same) but am not sure that was the best route. A famous pedagogue here in Italy recommends the second finger being lightly on the upper string (so you are 'feeling' the sixth.) On the other hand there are those who hold the third finger and not the second finger on the string (can't remember who it is on the 'Art of Violin' who has a pretty pretty high flying second finger during octaves) .... and then there are those who tend to rest both middle fingers on the upper string.
So IS there a best way, or can it depend on the individual hand to some extent?
Also: if you are going to have three fingers on the upper string, does it matter what pattern they are falling in? 12 3 4 or 1 2 34 or
1 23 4. Probably 1 23 4 is the most comfortable.
Obviously I am talking about octaves in the lower positions, not when you get into 'nose-bleed' territory, as Jay puts it.
Thanks for any input
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