Dounis: Artists Technique
I have a question about Dounis Artists’ Technique. In the section where he talks about shifting and scales and does a preparatory high speed version of a sift before doing the shift proper, are those ultra rapid notes supposed to be played in the same way as a regular shift or does the hand simply remain in position and flick those notes?
I have a hazy recollection of a Dounis student saying the hand stays in position and kind of flicks those notes which correlates well with Dounis’s vague explanation of adding the necessary elan/impetus to the shift. It certainly feels more useful to do it this way rather than maintain the arm hand as one unit .That way is very clumsy to my mind.
Yes, as much as possible, the grace notes are played by flicking the fingers, the hand and arm stay in the old position.
I should add - I said “as much as possible” because my hand still rotates from the wrist, even if just a little bit. Less so on upward shifts, and more so on downward shifts. Perhaps a function of the exercise being innately difficult that I still struggle with it, although it does help make everything else you play feel easier. But yes, the gist of the exercise is to feel that burst of speed originating in the fingers.
I think the arm "flicks" too, to "dynamise" it, and "free the way".
Thanks for bringing this up Buri! Just checked these exercises. Artist's technique indeed! ;-)
Buri many thanks. It actually took me a while to realize that you were not talking about the Shifting exercises but about the "Muscles of the Hand and Fingers" exercises :-) Looking more now in the book yes I see these are great exercises that everybody can at least work on sensibly.
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