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Is there a video that explains how to play the interval from a low 2nd finger to a 4th finger on the same string, and move from the base joints with a nicely balanced and quiet hand? I've watched many videos on low 2nd finger, intervals, hand frame, etc. but haven;t been able to find it. I can see Beth doing the movement, and it looks great, but I can't slow the Vimeo video down to really study it as there are no slow down controls on Vimeo.

Beth, would you be able to explain it? Right now I rock too much with the hand to go from a low 2nd finger to a 4th finger, and when using vibrato, the balance of the hand is on the note with vibrato. I can see when you play in various pieces that it is a reaching up to the 4th from a low 2nd finger, but you play it with such balance on the the hand , but I can't figure out how to do it.

If anyone else has ideas- please answer! Thanks.
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Posted: May 16, 2018
Last Comment: May 19, 2018

Assumpció Segura
Posted: May 19, 2018
Gracias Dianne,

Escribes muy bien español!
Tienes razón, son habilidades separadas, a mi me pasa con el inglés que puedo leer o escribir, muchas veces  con ayuda del traductor pero hablar y entender es mucho mas difícil.
Espero que podamos hablar un poco más en español en el foro...
Saludos desde Barcelona!!

Posted: May 18, 2018
Creo que es una buena idea escribir en Español porque hay muchos aquí que son hablantes nativos que podrían responder. Lo que es más difícil para mí no son sólo las palabras, sino el contexto a capturar. (como usted lee esto sonará como si yo no soy un hablante nativo.) Mi maestra explicó que leer, escribir y hablar son habilidades separadas. No puedo hablar bien, pero puedo leer y escribir un poco. Escuchar es difícil cuando el lenguaje se habla rápidamente. También aprendí francés y alemán, pero me resulta más fácil entender el francés porque parece más cercano al español. Trabajé para una empresa alemana durante muchos años y usé principalmente lenguaje técnico. Por favor, siéntase libre de escribir en español. Hay aquellos que pueden responder más claramente, pero me gustaría intentarlo.

Assumpció Segura
Posted: May 17, 2018
Hola Dianne!
Que bien!!
Alguna vez te puedo escribir en español?, para mi es mucho mas fácil!
Utilizo mucho el traductor para escribir en inglés, pero  entenderlo y hablarlo en directo para mi ya es imposible:(
Tendré que empezar a estudiar inglés.....:)

Posted: May 17, 2018
Thank you!

Assumpció, your English is good. Thank you!

I took 2 years of college Spanish when I moved here, and I try to use it whenever I can. The Spanish I learned was from Spain (My Professora was from Barcelona) and the Spanish I hear and read is from Mexico. My Professor's husband was from Mexico, and she explained how different it could be.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: May 17, 2018
THat's a wonderful idea, Assumpció. The 3rd tiger is like a bridge.

Dianne, it may be that you just have to straighten the 4th finger out more. I know that I would have to rely more on rocking the hand (which ultimately can destabilize, especially infester tempi) if I strived to maintain a decent curve with the pinky. In 1st position, I just have to straighten a lot more., Then there's less activity for the hand. It can be calmer.

Assumpció Segura
Posted: May 17, 2018
Hi Elke,
My name is Assumpció.
Yes, there are little tricks that can sometimes help ...

Assumpció Segura
Posted: May 17, 2018
I'm sorry, Dianne, I do not know if my answer is understood, ... (my English is very bad and the translator helps me)

I mean, for example, on string A, the working interval C-E, fingers 2 and 4 and finger 3 resting harmonically on note G of string D.

Elke Meier
Posted: May 17, 2018
Haha, Assumpció (or is Segura your first name?), maybe it is because English is not my mother tongue either, but I could understand your answer perfectly - both times :) :). It was very clear. I will try it out the next time I practice because I have the same problem as Dianne. Low second finger to fourth finger kills me every time and intonation is VERY unpredictable.

Assumpció Segura
Posted: May 17, 2018
Hello Dianne,

just an idea that I practice, but I do not know if it can be fine ...
To balance the hand, use finger 3 placed on the top string in harmonic position and then work on fingers 2 and 4 on the bottom string.
And the elbow a little more inside.
It's an idea

I do not know if it's okay, Beth has to say that ... but it helps me balance the hand and then control the movements of these two fingers, in that great interval ...

But I would not use vibrato until the hand is very relaxed and can control these movements without tension

I do not know if I have helped you with my opinion .....