4th Finger pressure

Thinking about the tendency to press harder with the left hand fourth finger. Today I tried the opposite. Naturally the vibrato was better and a better sense of elan in both slow and passagework was present. Just because it is weaker does not necessarily dictate more downward pressure but perhaps less pressure from all the fingers.

About davisbrooksviolin

My name is Davis Brooks and I am a violinist living in Indianapolis IN. I am Prof. of Violin Emeritus at Butler University, associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a freelancer and record in the regional commercial studios. I have a particular interest in new music and this semester I am happily working with composition students at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide.
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One Response to 4th Finger pressure

  1. LISA SCOTT says:

    Dear Davis,

    Thank you for your smart, compassionate blog entry, posted on isomusicians.com, on the subject of the ISO lockout. All of your colleagues in the ISO are honored that such a top flight musician as you are took the time to write such a thoughtful and thought provoking piece. Describing the impact of Art on a community is extremely difficult, since it is hardly quantifiable in the usual ways (numbers), but you expressed clearly how deep it runs and how impoverished we and our children would be without what can only be called great art. Good point about the 400years, too. LISA

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