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4th finger Part 2
Using the elbow
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Katie L
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Can anyone recommend a video that explains how you can engage the elbow when playing the fourth finger please? I’ve been practicing a lot today and I think it’s finally sunk in that it helps to bring my elbow around - just need to know I’m doing it properly . Thanks 😊 

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Might help

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Thank you mark Thant helped me with another problem I have - knuckle collapsing  

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I saved that video last night, as it looked pretty good, but I haven't watched it all the way through yet.

The OP is specifically about the elbow. I'd suggest looking at your thumb - if you move it to slightly more under the neck and further from the scroll, that will help both with the elbow and the pinky. Alternatively, when you move the elbow to the right, make sure the thumb follows and is further from the scroll, and that will give the pinky more freedom.

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@Katie L, Would you be able to make a video that shows what you are doing? That might help you get some assistance.

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@Katie L, Would you be able to make a video that shows what you are doing? That might help you get some assistance.   

I pondered asking, but Katie has posted many videos, so I decided to wait to see if she responded and refer to them if necessary.

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I can do. That’s really nice thank you 😊. I will post it in my blog !! Thanks 

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this is what I was on about with using the elbow. Thanks Fiddlerman! Im finding jumping between the e and the d on the a string is helping me the most… trying to keep the finger curved. It’s a struggle !!

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@Katie L -

Great video! 

 

I deliberately played tunes on my lowest strings that made use of my pinky (played 4th finger instead of open strings) - everyday, making sure it was curved, until I didn't have to watch what I was doing.

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Katie L started this 4th Finger thread earlier, here is a link to that. 

4th Finger 1

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