My teacher has recently been telling me to try and improve my coordination.
I've been playing for pretty long so it's no big things she's talking about, so small errors in fact that I sometimes have trouble hearing when my coordination is not perfect.
Are there any good exercises for improving coordination? And how can I "learn" to hear when it's just a little off.
Thanks and sorry for my bad English!
In my humble opinion, you need a better teacher. The order to "improve your coordination" is not an instruction. An instruction shows you HOW to learn to do something new; a real teacher not only shows you what you need to do to reach your goal, but also has a bag of tricks so that if the first exercise does not work, s/he has has 6 more different ways to show you how to reach your goal. A teacher who just says the same thing over many times without giving you a single sequence of actions to replace your 'faulty' ones, well, that's not a teacher!
Erin makes a solid point. If you don't have the option of changing your teacher, then you need studies. If we know your "level" (what you are working on, which Suzuki book you are in, or whatever) then studies can be recommended to you on that basis. Of course, the simplest (I didn't say easiest) study is the basic three-octave scale.
Thank you for your input!
Kreuzter, last third of the book (but do more of them if you have not done them yet). Dont Op. 37. Schradieck beyond the first two pages and ignore the slurs if you are working on LH/RH coordination.
I assume you asking about synchronizing the Right and Left sides. To get a clean performance, we actually do some things out of synch with the sound of the music; prepared fingers and lifted fingers, right elbow and hand motions. Try some not-so-easy folk fiddle music with lots of string changes and ornaments, Irish is the most popular genre. Preferably memorized.
Joel makes good points. Getting your LH finger there just in time is probably your problem. Needs to get there a little before, which means the hand and elbow often need to get started even a little ahead of that. Or a lot. You can't learn this by watching a guy like Rosand whose movements have been smoothed out since he became a virtuoso 60+ years before the video was made and whose physique is hidden by being a little on the larger side. Better to watch someone like Hilary Hahn whose stage presence is more no-nonsense and whose movement is more deliberate.
There are some exercises that can help discover what's not working and train the hands to operate together (or as others have pointed out - left before right)
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