About the Fingering Skills 

Every teacher and every violinist develops a personal CONCEPT of fingering.
The ViolinWorks approach represents a common way of teaching finger usage.

The
FINGERING CONCEPTS
  • hold fingers ON the string when ASCENDING
  • SKIP unnecessary fingers when ASCENDING***
  • use SINGLE FINGERS when DESCENDING
  • hold fingers ON when CHANGING STRINGS
  • when playing in FLATS: use a slightly LOWER HAND POSITION
  • when CHANGING FROM FLATS TO SHARPS, maintain CURVED FINGER SHAPE

We encourage you to examine these CONCEPTS as you peruse
the Fingering Skills as found in: Essential Violin Fingering

*** Some teachers/players feel that this is a debatable technique.
While there are advantages to teaching 'patterns' or 'block fingering', our concept teaches a fingering style
which helps to develop individual finger control, a relaxed left hand, and anticipates chromatic passages and changes of key.

THE INDIVIDUAL FINGERING SKILLS

Skill #1 How many Fingers?

Skill #5 #1-#4 in One Piece!

Skill #9 Playing in Flats

Skill #2 Skipping Fingers

Skill #6 Playing Faster

Skill #10 Is F-Natural a FLAT?

Skill #3 High & Low

Skill #7 Sliding Fingers

Skill #11 From SHARPS to FLATS

Skill #4 From String to String

Skill #8 100 Notes!

Skill #12  Use EVERYTHING!



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