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Hi Everyone,

I am now working on string crossing exercise #4 of Beth's series on string crossings.  Yeh!  Then I can move onto the Twinkle String Crossing Exercises.  With that in mind I am setting up the goal for after the Twinkle string crossings.  This is part of the fun.  I have decided to select an etude from: Franz Wohlfahrt's 60 Studies for Violin Op.45. Which would be your top 3 etudes?  The focus needs to be on , yes you guessed it, string crossings.  

Thsnks for any suggestions and youall have a great day. 
5 Responses
Posted: October 11, 2018
Last Comment: October 12, 2018

Ted Adachi
Posted: October 12, 2018
Hi Ray,
This is not from Wohlfahrt but I know you were working on Suzuki Bk 1 Minuet 1 not too long ago.

Well, I find the Minuet 2 to be a real string crossing challenge. After about 12 months, I started to get the hang of it but even today, after playing it continually for 2 years, I still find the string crossings challenging.

Elke Meier
Posted: October 11, 2018
Haha, Ray, that is what I thought also a couple of days ago. I follow Hillary Hahn on Instagram and I was just amazed when she shared those few minutes of finger tapping because it was too late to do other practice. 

Posted: October 11, 2018
Sorry for the confusion. :)))
Thanks for the great advice.  

Right now I am on Exercise #4.  When this is reflexive then I will move onto the Twinkle String Crossings.  It will only be after I am able to play the Twinkle string crossings, without those fuzzies that are very annoying will I start to work on the Wohlfahrt etudes.  This is just me mapping out whete I would like aim a part of my practicing.

I don't mind to continually work on the basics.  I watched Hilary Hahn work on finger tap exetcises.  :)))

Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 11, 2018
Elke, I believe Ray is referring to these string crossing exercises I made using the Twinkle Theme. I would agree going back to basic twinkle would be a step back..... but then there's nothing wrong with review :)

Ray op. 45 - 21, 25 feature string crossings. I agree with Elke in that Wohlfahrt may be out of reach, but you can play them very slowly - separate bow only.

Elke Meier
Posted: October 11, 2018
Hmm, Ray, now I am a little confused. On the one hand you want to work on Twinkle exercises which sounds rather like beginning exercises. On the other hand you want to jump to Wohlfahrt etudes which would probably be more toward the end of Suzuki 1. To me that means one of two things: You either normally work on exercises which are way below your playing level, or you are about to set yourself up to a lot of frustration by wanting to work on something that is quite a bit above your current level.

But inspite of this cautionary remark, here are my thoughts on what etudes to work on: One of my favorite ones is op. 45 #14 - very beautiful and melodic. Otherwise, just look through op 45. There are many etudes which have scale like figures, but there are several also where even looking at the notes one realizes that there are a lot of arpeggios because the notes are all over the stave. Those ones offer themselves naturally for practicing string crossings, I would say.