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Hi -

I've been working on some of the feedback from last week, an have a new video of Quintuple Flings.  Please let me know what you think.

I think I have a natural tendency for my middle finger to extend a bit when I do these.  It's involuntary -- I swear! My guess is that my hand is still a little too rigid, but I'm trying to keep my thumb in one place.

Thanks for advice...
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Posted: February 7, 2019
Last Comment: February 8, 2019

David Rowland
Posted: February 8, 2019
Hand motion looks good Mike. Make sure you don't rush the basic hand shape and wrist motion. Something I regularly did and which led to much confusion later. Just this week I think I am nearly there with the right vibrato sound albeit with only my 1st and 2nd fingers so far. It's like Beth says suddenly your hand and wrist develops a motor that just operates itself. Hope this is not yet another false path I have wandered down.  So looks like you have made a really good start. Couldn't see the other side of the violin to see if your hand had contact with it but your motion looks relaxed so it probably didn't. Well done. keep at it.

Posted: February 8, 2019
Hi Mike, your basic motion looks good. One thing to watch out for, is to make sure to return the hand to the starting position, or even a little behind it. It seems that your hand may not return all the way to the starting point. What would happen in this case is later when you put pressure to the string, you would be over the top of the note. I had this happen to me on my 2nd finger at some point in the past and had to do rehab on it. SO it's good to catch it now. If you watch Beth's hand and compare it to yours you can see she brings the hand all the way back each time. Also, there was a slight unevenness in the motion as you sped it up. That always means to return to a slightly slower rate to train the muscles to be exactly even. Then try to speed up again the next time and see what you have and so on.