String crossing is hard.
I'm learning minuet in G major (I think it's the third) i don't remember so here's the link: https://musescore.com/user/37890/scores/3401256
I'm having problems with switching from the A to the D string using the third finger (like in the first measure). Is there any kind of exercise i can do improve string crossing?
Have you tried etudes?
Are you putting your 3rd finger on both A and D string simultaneously? If not, try doing that. You should not be lifting the 3rd off the A and moving it to the D when going from the first note to the second.
@Nina Roco thanks. I've been searching for some etudes to start and I'll try that one. :)
Violetta, if fingering two notes at once is cheating then I best go re-finger my copy of the Telemann viola concerto ;)
@Carlos I'll try that. Thank you. ^.^
No reason it can't be both technique and shortcut.
Hi Michael. No, it's hand or string stickiness :-P A side effect of living in a humid country.
Always fun, we are entering that time of year here where my apartment gives a similar effect. There are more days than I'd like when it hits 80%+ humidity.
There is no such thing as "cheating" on the violin, as long whatever you do produces the sound you want.
I read the topic of this thread and thought "yes" ;)
With my slim fingers on the more widely-spaced viola strings, I place the finger between the strings and roll it either way. Not cheating, just intelligent technique!
It isn't cheating; it's a technique sometimes referred to as "blocking" or "barring."
A good part of the challenge with string crossings depends on whether or not the consecutive notes are to be played slurred or detached.
Part of the problem can be solved by mentally re-labeling it as "string changes", Not "string crossings". Keep the hair on the strings. The angular difference between the 4 string levels is not that great. Beginners can learn the 4 discrete places in space of the right elbow. There are a finite number (15?) of combinations of the open string pairs that you can practice: up&down, high-low & low-high, slurred or separate. Later, when things go faster, add wrist and finger motions to change strings.
All the videos on YouTube on this piece do hop the finger between A and D strings, and they sound fine. Whether we ‘cheat’ or not by pressing both strings and rolling may depend on how the exercise wants us to do , IMO.
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