Exercises to Promote the Independence of Fingers

June 10th, 2013 | Posted by BaylaK in Goal 02: Intonation | Goal 04: Virtuosity | Left Side
  1. Opening up the hand – invite, encourage, do not insist!
    1. Play all stretching and widening exercises pp at first, to release and melt the webbing between the fingers.
    2. Keyes sliding: hold one finger, slide other fingers up one at a time, do not allow held finger to buckle or move. Keep wrist in relaxed but straight line.
    3. Kourgouf sliding: place all four fingers on string, slide each finger up one half-step, beginning with fourth finger; do not allow hand, wrist or other fingers to move; then slide back down beginning with first finger.
    4. Dounis Daily Dozen #3 – sliding.
    5. Stretching: 3 fingers in third position on E string, first finger on A string, slide first finger back to first position, do not allow other fingers to move or buckle.  Continue with successive fingers.
    6. Dounis stretching: Artist’s Technique of Violin Playing, pp. 24-29.  1-2 minutes maximum, no finger pressure whatsoeverBe very careful of this one!
    7. Simon Fischer Basics: “Widening at the Base Joints”
    8. Simon Fischer Basics: “Minimum Finger Pressure”
    9. Simon Fischer Basics: Thumb Spa, Thumb Counterpressure
    10. Dounis Daily Dozen # 2 – holding and releasing.
  2. Framing the hand – all the world is a quadruplestop!
    1. The fourth finger is king, and the hand is balanced and energized between third and fourth fingers, while releasing and reaxing in thumb, index and second fingers.
    2. The wrist is relaxed but straight.
    3. The hand is melted and released to bring the third and fourth fingers closer to the neck/fingerboard.
    4. Think finger patterns at all times – on string and in the air.
    5. Keyes finger patterns on one string – chromatic and diatonic.
    6. Galamian one-position scales. Hold fourth finger down continuously.
    7. Doublestop for string crossings.
    8. Sevcik Opus 1 Part IV # 2 – holding and releasing.
    9. Kourguof – holding and releasing.
    10. Schradieck “The School of Violin Techniques” Vol. 1 pp. 2-4 – air patterning and releasing.
    11. Kreutzer #9 – air patterning and releasing.  Use second finger to fourth as much as possible.
    12. Sitt 50 Daily Finger Exercises.

 

 

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