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The first couple of months of 2020, my focus was on my
bowing, specifically working on keeping my wrist flexible throughout my stoke and
extending my arm from the elbow on my down stroke in order to gain more
consistency in bowing straight. While I am still working on that, I have now
brought in a couple of exercises to improve my left-hand efficiency and
coordination between my left and right hands.
By efficiency I mean keeping my fingers down on the strings as much as possible unless they need to be lifted, and when lifting them only raising them slightly. And, by coordinating my left and right hands I mean not moving my bow before my left hand is ready, trying to eliminate those extra sounds like squeaks and skips.
To help me, I have been using three YouTube videos I found made by Todd Markey from the String Club. In these videos Tom demonstrates two, three and four finger pattern exercises. I have inserted the three videos below and provided the Tabs for each. At the end I have provided all three pattern exercises as a .jpg and .pdf file for download if you would like a copy.
All 3 Patterns .JPG and .PDF files:
These are real good; it's the first time I've seen them in TAB notation. As a logical next step, try moving through each scale in thirds, fourths, fifths etc because music will do just that. Always return to these basic seconds exercises though; they are the core of dexterity.
While we're on the subject of 'dexterity'; that word relates to the right hand (Latin 'dexter' = 'right'), whereas the Latin for 'left' (our fingering hand) is 'sinister'. Are we instead developing our sinisterity?
Okay, all this social distancing is having consequences already.
Oh, and Happy Birthday for yesterday, Jim.