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Accurate Fingers
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February 4, 2012 - 9:34 am
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A casual question for a laid back Saturday.

When finding violin notes, is the main method muscle memory OR relative position from the last (fingered) note ? 

Muscle memory simply picks a note by aiming at some point on a fingerboard. 

Relative positioning might be finding a "B" just below a "C" or a "G" just up one string from a "C".

Does anyone ever think about that? 

If finger position is not under control then "relative position" doesn't work very well.  Major teachers such as Applebaum and FM emphasize finger position control.


PS  Shifting, I think, would be ALL muscle memory (?)

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February 4, 2012 - 9:58 am
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I guess both, especially relative finger position to the last, hence we should practice scales so much.

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February 4, 2012 - 1:26 pm
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I think that you are right Oliver. Muscle memory for positions and relative finger distance when in those positions. Most everything is the same once you are in the position except that the distances are smaller the higher you go.

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