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LH/RH coordination
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Gordon Shumway
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My next lesson is in 6 weeks' time, and I know what I need to practise - coordinating my two hands.

a) détaché scales - the LH needs to anticipate the RH, descending is harder than ascending.

b) legato scales for string pivoting (hardest from lower string to higher on the up-bow) - fatal if the LH anticipates!

I guess there's nothing better to practise, but I'm open to suggestions.

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The best exercise for me lately for LH-RH coordination has been shifting legato and détaché. You can use it in a scale for instance. Example, start on a down bow, slur two notes on the upbow, detache down bow and slurs on the next two notes. (upbow) On the third upbow however, use a regular détache. Repeat. Play with the pattern of slurs. Made a little illustration to clearify (hopefully) what I'm trying to say here.

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Nice idea. The amendment to meet my need would be, say in G, 2 octaves, start on the down bow, slur C to E on the up bow, then slur G to B then slur D to F# then détaché all the way down.

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I'm having trouble with coordination too. Not with slurring notes, but with (relatively) fast détachés, even on the simplest of scales. It's frustrating (although I know the answer must be : practice).

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