To conclude the left hand base building stage, we’ll expand our practice routine to include three finger movements and some four finger movements. While developing four finger movements is beneficial for overall functionality of the left hand fingers, three finger movements occur with a lot more prevalence in repertoire so I would suggest focusing on those first.
As in the previous base building workouts for the left hand, proceed through the steps sequentially.
Three Finger Movements – 124, 421, 134, 431, 123, 321, 234, 432
Four Finger Movements – 1234, 4321 (obviously, there are many more possibilities but I would argue that these two are the most important)
Step 1 – Start movements without slurs (example using 124)
For the right hand, using im either free stroke or light rest stroke is fine. Using thumb (p) throughout is fine as well. Keep in mind the focus should be on the deliberate and precise placement of the left hand fingers. Do not complicate things with nifty right hand fingerings. The right hand technical workouts are coming soon!
Step 2 – Incorporate slurs (examples using 124 and 1234)
Step 3 – Build endurance
Explore these movements in several positions and you should be on your way to building a strong technical foundation to back your interpretations.
In the next installment, we’ll work on methods to build on this foundation to develop speed, flexibility, and finger independence. Stay tuned!