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Rolling finger, how to?
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December 12, 2020 - 2:47 pm
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In Fiddlerman's a tune a week #38 Game of Thrones on first two notes there is a rolling finger playing technique. From D string to G string (from G note to C note).

The best i can do just lay finger flat to cover both strings... But cannot get good sound.

Are the any tips to how to play this piece?

Was wondering if Fiddlerman can give pointers where to look in practicing this rolling thingy.



December 12, 2020 - 4:43 pm
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@VladZ -

Welcome to the forum! 

Did you watch the video? 


When you slightly turn (rotate) your finger onto one side, you will be able to focus more pressure on that part of your finger for one string.

  • You can start with your finger (lightly) on both strings. 
  • Then slightly turn (rotate) your finger onto the side of the D string, apply (focus) more pressure on your G note to play it. 
  • Then rotate your finger back to it's other side (on the G string), so you can focus more pressure on your C note to play it. 

If this does not help you, let me know.  I'm sure one of our members here will be able to help. 

I hope you will introduce yourself to all of us where it says "New Members"! 



- Emily


December 12, 2020 - 5:32 pm
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Just looked at this, Emily your explanation is perfect. There arel ots of pieces in which two notes are held down at the same time, in fact I mentioned this a week or so back when I said on a post, cant remember which,  that I was practising scales in fifths, to improve intonation and vibrato. only thing I would add is I assume it is an up bow.

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December 13, 2020 - 6:40 pm
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Yes Emily,

I was watching that video clip and saw how Pierre did that effortlessly... the very first two notes by rolling 3rd finger from G to C.

I've tried to mimic but still no cigar... Oh well, I guess not every piece is for everybody :).

I am a new to violin and will introduce myself in "New Members".  I am enjoying learning violin and attitude and carrying of fiddlerman/fiddlershop community.


Vlad Z

December 13, 2020 - 6:59 pm
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It takes practice for a lot of this, especially things that look easy.

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