|Ask Harry WimmerQ & A #8|
How can I get my shifts to be"clean"?
|Q. With the great distances we often
have to contend with on the cello fingerboard,
how can I get my shifts to be "clean"?
A.l. S o m eS h i f t i n gP r i n c i p l e s:
(a.) Release finger "pressure" (contact) as much as possible
prior to and during shifting.
(b.) MOST SHIFTS ARE SLOWER THAN YOU THINK!
By proper release you can avoid quick, jerky left hand movements.
(c.) Develop tactile memory for accuracy of arrival
(get to know your left hand environment!).
2. AH e l p f u l I m a g e:
You are (your hand is} like a train traveling from Point A to Point B.
Your finger glides lightly along the track. At the arrival point the train
stops (finger has reached proper pitch).
Along the trip you look out of the window and take in familiar sights,
landmarks, street numbers etc. (the shifting finger feels the territory -
cello contours, string thickness etc.).
Step 2OVERLAPPING SLUR SHIFTS
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