This exercise develops the independence of 3rd and 4th fingers, especially lifting the 3rd finger while other fingers are held down. An independence exercise like this one is useful in your warm-up routine.
Practise this type of exercise regularly but in small amounts; and always stop if you experience any tightness or soreness.
Practise slowly for intonation, when it is secure challenge your coordination by doubling the tempo.
This exercise is based upon one by Robert Gerle. Fintan has simplified the rhythm.
The Violin & Your Body - Introduction to Warm Ups
Resources - Bibliography
- for The Art of Practising the Violin by Robert Gerle, pp.43 & 46
Scores - Exercise after Gerle - violin & viola