Finger Before Bow – Schradieck

Finger Before Bow – Schradieck

When playing slurred passages, (especially descending as in the opening of Beethoven’s Spring sonata), we need to place and lift the fingers at exactly the right time.

Play a passage with separate bows then bow with martelé within the slur (pulsing) to improve the timing of your finger action.

Notice how Fintan places and lifts fingers exactly halfway between the main beats. Work in the three tempos (quarter, half and at tempo) to develop evenness at speed.


Resources - Repertoire
- for "Sonata No.5 in F (Spring)" by Beethoven
- and for School of Violin-Technics, Book 1 by Henry Schradieck

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