FILM #9: DEVELOPING FINGER MOVEMENTS (book chapter 10)OVERVIEW: The correct placement and action of fingers are demonstrated by grade school and junior high school students. Vertical and horizontal finger action and finger movements across the string are demonstrated and explained.
1. Introducing the use of the left fourth finger; releasing tension by tapping the thumb
2. Vertical finger motion; keeping fingers of the left hand at a good angle
3. Horizontal finger movement – steep and flat finger placement
4. Finger movement across the string holding fingers down; playing doublestops
FILM #9: BASIC SHIFTING MOVEMENTS (book chapter 11)
OVERVIEW: Grade school and junior high school students demonstrate basic shifting movements. The left hand is kept supple from the beginning by the use of shifting movements between the low, middle and high positions. Simple and compound shifts are demonstrated and explained.
1. Shifting exercises for beginners; playing the shuttle game; octave harmonics
2. Long shifting movements; the “ghost” (shuttling without specific pitch requirements); the “flute” (shuttling through many harmonics)
3. Playing short melody patterns in first, fifth and eighth position; transposing
melody fragments and known melodies into the various positions; thumb
movement during shifts
4. Shifting from one finger to another; playing scales and arpeggios on one
string; ease the thumb and finger pressure during shifts; artist demonstration