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Violin Lessons: Kreutzer 16

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When studying Kreutzer 16, it's helpful
to have studied Kreutzer 15 its companion
because so many of the same things apply.
Kreutzer 16 works on mainly fourth finger
trills and it throws in one more twist,
which is the coordination of the
right-hand with the end of the trill.
These trill endings are separate.
So the challenge is
to extend the trill right
until those separate bows.
You don't want the trill bleeding into the
separate bows and
you don't want dead space at the end of
the trill either.
You want those little up and
downs to continue all the way to the
separate notes.
Which ever direction the bow is going.
Now you build these trills with
same as you did in Kreutzer number 15.
And again, by the time
you get to about that point,
it starts to sound more like a real trill.
These notes in between are martele notes,
as you've built up in earlier Kreutzer
Now like with any trill, you want a light
third finger.
You want even finger pressure between
three and four, so
that fluttering exercise is great to.
So, in a perfect finger fourth
finger trill will sound just like
the trills on the other fingers.
I don't know many people who are able to
pull that off.
I don't know many people who are proud of
their fourth finger trills.
But whether you end up trilling on a
fourth finger in the repertoire or
whether this is more likely a way to build
up lightness and
dexterity in the fourth finger, this is a
great etude to study.