Swing the hand freely around the corner in shifting upward.
Draw the thumb back before going into the third shift. We would mention again, in this connection, that many of the best violinists play with the thumb bent freely backward behind the hand, the neck of the violin resting on the thumb instead of being pinched between the thumb and the base of the forefinger. Such a holding facilitates the playing of a passage like this one in question; it allows the hand to move freely and with the least hinderance. Furthermore, we would say that in extensions, except in those which follow the open string, some lower finger must he held down to keep the bend in place. This difficult study should be played until flexibility has been gained. So considerable are some of the difficulties that to master them means a decided growth of the ear.
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