I just revisted Handel D major Sonata after few years and spent 1 hours just working on the first few notes. The beginning is Open D, #F, Open A, and 2nd finger E on 3rd position.
I was so shocked that I couldn't shift from open A to 2nd finger E 3rd position accurately. The most bizarre part is that I can perform the same shift accurately if I do it faster. I can also nail the shift accurately if I just do open A -> shifts -> 2nd finger E. But it always falls apart whenever I try to shift in Handel.
After spending one hour analyzing, I realized the inaccuracy has to do with the TIMING of the shift. If I prepare the shift too early, for example, moving my hand to 3rd position as I began to play open A, my shift is highly inaccurate. My accuracy is much higher when I delay the shifting motion so the actual shifting speed resembles faster shifts.
Having said that, I'm still not confident on these blind shifts because there is no guiding note. I don't know if I'm 100% on spot until I hit the note. Of course I can hide the inaccuracy using vibrato but I want to hit it accurately every time without vibrato. What is the proper technique for blind shifts? I tried to glide my 2nd finger on D string to 3rd position after playing #F and switch to E on A but I'm not sure if this is a right technique.
Another similar problem is finger accuracy at slow speed (>50 bpm). My fingers are the most accurate at moderate speed but the accuracy goes down when the tempo is extremely slow. What is the cause? Lack of slow practice? Hesitation? Too much conscious observation of where to place the fingers?
p.s. I don't have a teacher at the moment.
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