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I didn't really place a lot of emphasis on pivoting the left elbow until I wanted to learn vibrato... then I thought, maybe it was just me that had a hard time moving my elbow far enough - because I have an extra string to reach for.
Then I found this great video!
Dr. Henrik Karapetyan got his music degree from U of M, here in my home State - and I believe he may still reside in the Detroit area (great for me if I want help).
...elbow 1st, then fingers in the right spots.
This may actually help me sort out some of my playing issues, I'll have to see/experiment with it.
I believe that the biggest improvement for intonation comes from being precise in finger placement rather than just slapping my fingers down any old which way like I have a tendency to do. Learning where to put them when the move is different for every string/note position is part of it, even though fingers are "on the diagonal" in relationship to the fingerboard/strings. Most of that comes from practice, more practice, and even more practice.
I do think the tucking the elbow thing might help me with this and other things.
So, here's a little different approach to using the left elbow - this makes so much sense to me & quite an eye-opener!
Changing from playing with fingertips to fingerpads, using 5ths!
Would love to have some feedback on practicing this approach - of interest to Violists, as well as Violinists.
"The Violin in 5th's - Developing Intonation and Sound" - Violin Masterclass with Rodney Friend.
"An easier way to play the VIOLA, based on 5ths" from David Rose.