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Violin Lessons: Kreutzer 11

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Kreutzer #11 is a great etude for building
three skills.
Hidden shifts, finger substitution, where
substitute a different finger on the exact
same note, and finger preparation.
That means fingers that aren't heard but
they need to be ready to play notes that
are coming up.
So it sounds like this.
So you can see in that first bar that
I have a couple shifts that I wanna hide.
So we do that just
like we would
the subject
There's my first reach, so, it's important
in this etude to know when you're reaching
and when you're actually shifting.
Reach means the hand does not move until
after the reach is down.
Shift is like a normal subject shift.
Now because this etude is all about
descending patterns,
you wanna have the fingers that are going
to be playing there in advance.
So rather than
You want them already there, so it's
useful to prepare this etude in this way.
And then,
gradually increase
the speed of the prep notes.
Until they're
practically invisible.
This trains the hand to put those fingers
down in advance and that's essential for
so many descending passages, really, any
descending passage in the literature.
This etude can also be used to strengthen
left hand pizzicato
which is a more advanced technique in
But by strengthening left hand pizzicato
you're strengthening that
lateral movement.
Fingers across the strings.
That's one of the three basic finger
This also forces the fingers to get down
in the right place, because you can't do
left hand pits and
still be moving the fingers around at the
same time.
So, with the technique of the preparatory
notes, and
using this to strengthen left hand pits,
your hand is going to be in great
shape to get in the habit of having those
descending fingers down in advance.