Good news and bad newsPosted: April 13, 2011
I think all this work with scales and arpeggios is making me considerably faster with the violin. For example, I returned to the Kreutzer etude #2 and found that I could fairly easily slur 8 notes to a bow. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, while Danielle watched me play the Kreutzer, she noticed my left hand fourth finger curled up in a rather childish way. Here’s what I’m talking about:
Do you see the pinkie? After it plays, it curls up against the third finger, as if it’s afraid:
Yeah, well apparently that’s not a good thing, and here comes the bad news. The fourth finger there should hover above the strings ready to splash down at any second. Remember when I mentioned that thinking about some things throws other things out the window? Playing fast throws intonation out the window, playing in tune throws making any kind of good sound out the window, etc? It turns out that hovering that little pinkie above the strings throws EVERYTHING out the window. It’s deceptively difficult, and as such I don’t even have a video of it yet. It’s that ugly.