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Play this first line only at 80 bpm.  Do not worry about intonation until you have it memorized.  You will want to print out these etudes.wolfChallenge-001.JPGImage Enlarger

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What a fantastic Idea.

I am not a beginner, but I am true need of this exercise.  Thank you for posting.

Cheers.

Toni

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I love Wohlfarth and play it daily.

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The third line shows my finger problem going from B to C to B to C, I cannot keep my 4th finger(pinkie) from flying up.  I spend a lot of time working on that without improvement, even when slowed down to snail pace and even when yelling at it.

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MrYikes said
The third line shows my finger problem going from B to C to B to C, I cannot keep my 4th finger(pinkie) from flying up.  I spend a lot of time working on that without improvement, even when slowed down to snail pace and even when yelling at it. 

If you can't beat it, join it. Allow it to come up a bit but try to minimize it. I've seen some players get a lot of speed even when their fingers come up high. Obviously it won't work at cyber speeds and too advanced pieces but you can get quite far just the same. Baby steps forward...... 🙂

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I too struggle with the flying pinkie.  It seems that I can control it on newer pieces that I am currently learning.  But on the songs I have been playing for years.. it is trained to fly high.  I am working on that this year... I have success on it when I play slow and keep it in the front of my mind. 

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coolpinkone said
I too struggle with the flying pinkie.  It seems that I can control it on newer pieces that I am currently learning.  But on the songs I have been playing for years.. it is trained to fly high.  I am working on that this year... I have success on it when I play slow and keep it in the front of my mind.   

I have noticed, recently, that learning to adapt to something that has changed, like string height or spacing, is easy enough to do on a tune I have been practicing for a while. It just took two sessions to get used to the new string gaps.

However, when I switched to another tune, I had to start over again on learning the new string gap space, again! I thought that was odd. But it seems that we (or at least some of us) learn more than just the notes of a song when we play it, we also learn how you finger and bow for that tune, specifically. If any part of the playing dynamics of the instrument changes, for whatever reason, we have to learn to adjust for those changes, not just once, but for each tune we have trained ourselves to play.

Oh my!  😮

Oh well.  😉

At least this bowing change did not impact all of the tunes I have learned recently. Some of the tunes do not have a lot of A string action, and the A string is the string that I can now play with a better bow angle. The previous bow angle was too tight, due to a bad arc on a bridge, and made side-swiping the D string, or E string, a too often event.

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