base joint blues redux: feeling more hopeful
So, despite an erratic schedule and not a ton of practice, I've spent some reasonably productive time working on the Dounis Daily Dozen and it actually seems to be paying off. I'm focusing more on my elbow position in particular. This, along with revisiting old etudes from the early days of study, is helping me develop a more solid hand frame/efficient left hand.
I really noticed it yesterday when playing the Praeludium and Allegro (which I'm learning pretty casually, given no teacher). I had already figured out the shifting patterns (and felt like a boss!) but have now also realized (duh) how much easier it is if I leave my fingers in place as often as I can. Huzzah!
Also, this piece is FUN! Like a series of puzzles to unlock...
PS: thanks, Jeewon!
Cool! Glad you're finding it useful!
My €0.02 regarding half position.
A really good test for hand and finger position is to play B major in half position. Just the first four notes, leaving fingers down. If you can do that fast and flexibly, up and down, with nice soft and round fingers, your left hand is perfect.