Contract the Hand up High

Contract the Hand up High

"Sometimes we contract the hand when shifting downwards. Practise the finger interchange."

The tempo of the piece and speed of the shift are important variables in deciding which style of shifting action to use. In slow lyrical passages we do not always need to maintain the hand frame.

Practise contracting the hand so that the 3rd finger is almost resting on top of the 1st finger before the downward shift.

Practising the same note with two different fingers (finger interchange) is a good exercise, especially if you find yourself shifting too far each time.


Scores - Contract the Hand up High - Finger Interchange - violin & viola

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