4th finger notes

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See below for video demonstrations of the 4th finger notes on all the strings; see page 73 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 4th 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.
  • The 4th finger notes on the G, D and A strings are the same pitch as the open string above – use the open string to check your intonation.
  • Remember to open out all the spaces between your fingers when reaching up for the 4th finger: see page 73 of Violinworks for more advice on this.
  • There is a useful exercise to practise widening the hand from the base joints here.

View from the side:

Violinist’s view: