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Hi Beth and my fellow violin enthusiast,


A question about finger taps, Beth one of your favorite topics I believe.  How much time is ideal for using finger taps in warm ups?  10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour?  Is it recommended to have stretching exercises every, say 10 minutes of using finger taps?


Thanks for any thoughts,



4 Responses
Posted: November 6, 2012
Last Comment: November 7, 2012

Posted: November 7, 2012

Thank you for making the great video response.  Now when ever I'm watching a movie and there is a slow part I'll practice the finger taps. hmmm if I'm praticing finger taps why not incorporate scales, especially ones that I'm trying to learn like D melodic minor for What Child is This"  Why have it arbitrary? eh? Then back to the movie.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 7, 2012
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Posted: November 7, 2012

Cheers, Andrew, thanks for the input.  I first use those video exercises on loosing and getting control over individual fingers from Steve Eriwn's finger flexibility exercises.  I then follow those with Beth's two videos on stretching and strength exercises.  This all takes 10 minutes to 20 minutes.  I beginning to wonder if I was training large muscle groups say in a gymn or for a marathon, I probably would have more of a plan for the warm ups and maybe I should apply that to warming up for the violin.

Just wondering.


Stephen, Los Osos, CA
Posted: November 6, 2012
Hi Ray,
I think finger tap exercises are very helpful, especial at getting
that 4th finger pinky stronger. For me brief tapping exercises of
not over a couple minutes work fine, but I think the frequency of the exercise
is more beneficial than the length of the exercise.  I do tapping without
the violin in hand but position my arm, wrist and fingers like I would if I had a
real one in place. That way I can exercise those fingers while reading, watching a flick
or using the computer and not just when I'm practicing. I get more exercise
in that way. I hope that helps, just my thoughts on the subject.:-)