Ascending the neck

Placement of the LH fingers ascending

  • By expanding the posture, the fingers are brought into contact with the strings.
  • The resistance of the strings is contained by the expanding posture.
  • The fingers 1 - 4 are placed simultaneously, so that when the finger 4 is placed, fingers 1, 2, 3 are still containing the strings.

Change of position ascending

  • The fingers relax
  • the arm moves to the new position with the 1st finger remaining in contact with the string
  • In the early stages an audible portamento will be heard. This can grow briefer as confidence is gained.
  • This technique is how Violinists achieve accurate position changes... the ear guides you as to how far to travel.