I have a question a little oriented towards out Russian Colleagues. Apologies for the long winded lead in. What do you expect from me?
When I started on 3 octave scales all those years ago we always started them on the 2nd finger. That way is even approved by the Associated Board exam books.
Then as time went on I became aware of starting on the first finger and I recall that Yampolsky recommended that this procedure was superior because the semitones are on one string and the shifts tend to be bigger leading to overall cleaner playing. This was how I was then taught at college.
The idea of not string crossing on semitones has always been important to me since reading about it in Szigeti`s books so I had never questioned this as an improvement.
Yet, I have recently began to feel some value in the old fingering which was, after all , endorsed by Flesch, Auer and later in Applebaum`s books. So I have relearnt all my scales. I did this according to the Gilels scale manual which is presumably representative of the best soviet technical thinking (endorsed by Kogan) and there is very little emphasis placed on this first finger start.
What then are Russian players generally taught these days? First or 2nd finger start?
What does everyone else think or do?
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