How to fluently change strings with the same finger on one string to the other string
For example to go from a third finger on the D string to a third finger on the A string
In this video I explain how you can move your finger from one string to the other without lifting it:
To seamlessly go from one note to the other, the trick is to NOT lift your finger.
There are two ways to string changing with the same finger:
1) Put your finger on two strings at the same time
A trick to make this work is to imagine a spot between the two strings.
The advantage is that there is no movement and a fluent string change is easier to achieve.
2) Slide your finger from one string to the other during the string crossing
If your finger tip is small, the fifth grip might be challenging. You can slide your finger to the other string. Doing this you lift your finger just a little bit, but you keep contact with the string. This is a very small movement otherwise you don’t get a seamless string change.
You can do this with your lower arm or just with your hand. I prefer to do this with my hand only, because it gives stability.
Different violinists do this in different ways. Try all ways out and see what works best for you. I’d love to read your experience in the comments below.
Do you want to learn more about seamless string crossings?
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