3rd finger notes

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See below for video demonstrations of the 3rd finger notes on all the strings; see page 66 of Violinworks Book 1 for notation and further advice. Please click here to order a copy of the book.

  • The first video is taken from the side: notice that my wrist and hand remain still while the 3rd finger lifts and drops from the base knuckle.
  • The second video is a “violinist’s view”, to show you what the finger movement looks like from a player’s viewpoint.
  • When playing 3rd finger on the D, A and E strings, the open string below will resonate ‘in sympathy’ when the notes are exactly and octave apart. This creates a bright, ringing sound – listen out for this to help you get the notes really well in tune.

View from the side:

Violinist’s view: