Movin' Them Fingers (left hand)
OK, I'm just trying to play four eighth notes. But, I'm having a hard time getting the fingers down in time for the bow. I've been trying to work with a metronome slowly raising the speed. But it isn't working out so good 75% of the time. Any suggestions on exercises to speed up the fingers.
Could you post a video so we can give more relevant suggestions, or ask your teacher if you have one? Hand position issues or unnecessary tension may be causing problems.
By slowing them down. Itzhak Perlman once said, "the slower you practice, the slower you forget".
The metronome was my teachers suggestion. As well as separating each note with a pause, then speeding it up a little at a time.
A good way to speed up your fingers is to vary the rhythm. Play your four notes long-short-long-short and make sure you really pause on the long ones and use the pause to prepare the short note coming both with your hand and in your head. Play the short one as fast as you can. Practice that until you can do it.Then do the opposite. Short-long-short-long. Again pause on the long ones to prepare the short ones and play the short ones fast. When you pause stop your bow so that you don't run out if bow if you pause for a long time. When you then play the four notes evenly you will notice they seem much easyer than before.
Thanks everyone... will keep at it
If you can work at a really slow tempo, you can work on the speed of the finger action pulling away from the string. You can even practice this without the bow. You may be pressing too hard. You may not be pulling the fingers back from the knuckle joint. Relaxation and speed work together.
"But it isn't working out so good 75% of the time."
"But it isn't working out so good 75% of the time." that means no matter how slow I go, I'm still getting the finger moving slow getting to the string or (after reading the responses here) possibly getting the bow moving before the next note- guess I better find a way to get a video, I know what I'll be doing tomorrow
"no matter how slow I go, I'm still getting the finger moving slow getting to the string"
Mordents, leading to trills, slurred
+1 on Kan's point. Pay attention to how far you pick up your fingers.
Are your fingers dropping down from the base knuckle? They should drop like little hammers, and only your lowest knuckles (next to the palm of your hand) should be bending, the rest of your finger should stay basically the same curved shape (in first position at least). You can't really play very fast until you get this down, and it takes some time for sure.
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