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Not being able to spend much time on line lately has given me more time to spend on the fiddle. I must have worked on scales and intervals for almost 3 hours today, and oh man, did I ever need that. If I don't spend at least 20-30 minutes a day just on that kind of stuff, my intonation goes off (usually sharp) in a hurry.
Has anyone else here ever run partial scales (root/open through V) on each string using only the index finger and moving the entire left hand? I think that's helping me lay a foundation for accurate shifting, but is there any solid reason not to do this?
I'm just a beginner, but it seems to me the above practice is something I would only attempt if I were already ready to move on to 2nd + position. I think that using all four fingers as much as possible is going to be critical to the proper development of the nervous system (the nerves run from the brain to the finger tips telling them exactly where they need to be). I PERSONNALY want every finger to know exactly where it needs to go. Just my thoughts.
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