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The left hand in string crossings
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August 19, 2015 - 9:29 pm
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I'm experiencing difficulty when crossing from G note on D string to D note on A string (both pressing with fourth finger). I'm moving up a perfect fifth interval.

I need to release my fourth finger from previous string to place it on the subsequent string. Do i need to mute the first note in any way so that it can transit smoothly to the next note?

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Hey fulfillingsoul,
You probably meant to say form the A to the E with your 4th finger. No, you do not need to release or lift the finger. Perhaps it would help to use a bit more flatness from the finger and not have it too much on the tip. I sometimes roll/slide my fingers over to the next string a bit. It deepens of course on what I'm playing and what the other fingers are being used for etc.

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Pleased to hear from you, Fiddlerman!

I meant to say that i was using third finger (instead of fourth) on D string and then A string. I would be playing G note, and move up a perfect fifth to D note. 

Do you happen to have a video that shows this rolling of finger to next string?

Does it mean that I are barring the two strings with the flattness of the finger area, close to its tip? 

What if i need to play vibrato, I would still need to lift and re-position the finger?

You probably meant to say form the A to the E with your 4th finger. No, you do not need to release or lift the finger. Perhaps it would help to use a bit more flatness from the finger and not have it too much on the tip. I sometimes roll/slide my fingers over to the next string a bit. It deepens of course on what I'm playing and what the other fingers are being used for etc.

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So if you have the 3rd finger down already, you hopefully can touch both strings at the same time. You can roll the weight over to the next string just get more pressure on that particular string. When you bring down your finger you attempt to land on both strings finding that sweet spot for the note that you will be playing first. Rolling over to the next note is easier at that point. You don't need to use the center of your finger for any note. 🙂
Same exact thing with vibrato.

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This is something I have problems with too. My first finger is fine to cover 2 strings, but by the time I get to the 3rd finger I can't stop both notes together cleanly. This is in 1st position, so it will only get worse once I move up the fingerboard in the future and the string spacing gets wider.

Rolling the finger sounds like a good idea - in fact I already sort of do that, but thought it must be wrong until now. https://fiddlerman.com/wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-surprised.gif

One thing I noticed is that it got easier once the ends of my fingers got hardened up.

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