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Struggling with finger movement
Moving fingers quick enough to certain string positions
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November 22, 2014 - 7:49 pm
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First let me caveat this...I just started studying the violin at the end of September.  I am taking lessons once per week.  Never had 30 minutes go by so quickly...

OK, I am trying to learn a couple songs written in a way that I feel I should be able to accomplish now.  (maybe I am being too aggressive)

First one, Amazing Grace...

Moving from B to G quickly, second measure is an example...I am trying using first finger on A string and moving to three fingers on D string.  Any pointers?  Things to practice to make this movement second nature?

Second one, Silent Night...

Moving from F to D, measure 18...using first finger on E string and moving to three fingers on A string

measure 21 moving from C to G...using two fingers on A string and moving to three fingers on D string...

I have attached the sheets for each song...

Thanks in advance for any help


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November 23, 2014 - 1:19 am
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Aloha @roklock,

Thank you for the Silent Night sheet music, btwcool.  I haven't played that one yet, but I do play Amazing Grace.  One thing that @Fiddlerman pointed out in one of his videos is to keep your fingers close to the strings while not playing them, but also to keep them on the strings in case you need to play the same note again.

Just before you play the B, you have to play the G.  Keep your 3rd finger down on the G and play the B with the 1st finger.  Because you already have your finger on the G, you can easily play it again.  In fact, you can keep it pressed down until you have to go to the E with the 1st finger on the D string.

You can do the same thing in Silent Night.  It's actually the same situation.  In measure 17, keep your 3rd finger down on the A string for the D, then play the F with the 1st finger on the E string, play the D again, then release the third finger so that the 1st finger can play the B.  You can leave your fingers on the strings so long as you don't have to play anything else on that string.  

I have only been playing since 1 September, so I an a rank beginner, but learning when I can rest my fingers on the strings is something I'm slowly picking up.  I hope this helps you out.  Of course, if this is confusing and hard to understand, maybe someone else here can explain it better.  





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November 23, 2014 - 9:32 am
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Just as iBud wrote, you place your next notes fingers down in advance. Perhaps you can practice those two mentioned notes in every example as a double stop to get used to it.

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November 23, 2014 - 10:35 am
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OK, thanks to both of your responses.  I will give that a try today, we haven't  covered this in any of my lessons yet.  Not his fault, these are two pieces that aren't part of his program, at least not yet but we have covered all of these notes/fingerings



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