Trouble with D sharp C natural and A chord
Hi all, adult beginner here. I'm working on the Seitz Concerto No.5 in D Major (3rd piece in Suzuki book 4) and am having a lot of trouble with this particular chord.
In the measure, it goes from a D sharp and C natural chord to a C natural and A (on E string) chord with a note to keep the first finger on D sharp. I can't seem to move my third finger (ring finger) to the A while keeping the second finger on C natural. Either the C becomes sharp, or the A is flat. My violin teacher can reach her third finger effortlessly for this part. Any tips on how to solve this? Thanks :D
Make sure your hand position is correct and properly centered and balanced on the middle finger.
One way to understand what's going wrong is to hold the violin under your chin as normal, put your bow down (you're not going to need it for this), loosen up and relax your left hand as well as you can, and then, with your right hand gently move the left hand fingers you're having a problem with to the notes you want them on - don't use force. This should be possible if, as I said, you left hand is sufficiently relaxed.
Taking up Lydia's suggestion, try: