Donna, thanks for starting this thread. We certainly did cover a lot in this challenge(!), and it’s good to have it in writing along the others’ comments.
Thanks for stopping by.
When the hand shifts down the neck (toward me) my bottom three fingers move up slightly, contrary to the direction of the larger movement. Since there are three fingers moving toward the first finger, the center of gravity is changing even though the hand is still in motion. This helps to “put the brakes on”…[Read more]
For Week 4, I increased the tempo from 100 to 110 BMP and 2X speed.
I was unable to reduce wobbling after shifting quickly just by practicing the same way over and over, so I applied Tai Chi principles of contrary motion and moving the focus:
– When shifting down the neck, I contract fingers 2-4 toward 1st finger for contrary motion and…[Read more]
A beautiful, moving Un Dai and class video. Sometimes just playing and not performing says it all. I remember your telling me a bit about your teaching situation at Summer School and it’s special to have a view into it.
Best to you my friend,
For Week 3, I increased the tempo from 90 to 100 BMP.
I continued all the development activities from Week 2: eyeballing, chaining, keeping LH fingertips close to strings, and staying relaxed.
This week I found that, at higher BPMs, my LH was continued to wobble after shifting down the neck, and I was using vibrato to mask this. I focused on…[Read more]
Hi Linda and Richard,
Regarding the Aquila Alabastro strings–I broke several 1st strings when installing or after only a short time and called Strings By Mail so see if other users had reported this problem. They said no.
As it turns out, the back edge of my bridge saddle was quite sharp and peeled a thin layer off the string as it was being…[Read more]
For Week 2, I increased the tempo from 80 to 90 BMP.
I followed the instructions in The Shift lesson in Grade 4, with attention to the eyeballing the landing position, reducing grabbing (the neck), and staying relaxed during the shift. Also, I worked on Niki’s comment to keep my fingers closer to the strings and continued chaining e…[Read more]
Thank you so much for curating this thread and posting your Prelude and Recuerdos. I’m getting caught up, but really enjoying your frequent, topical posts. That style imparts a lot of forward momentum–Whoosh!
Best to you,
For Week 1, I increased the tempo from 70 to 80 BMP.
I followed the instructions Simon’s Speed Development: Chaining lesson in the Technique Library and also took a look at Dave’s recent Synchronization Exercises.
Comments appreciated. Thanks.
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