Micro study 34 – right hand scale preparation 2 is part of the – #6stringinspiration – series of short and sweet studies that target very specific ideas. These are for those who have very little time and want huge gains from tight focused practice ideas.
Micro Study 34 – Right Hand Scale Preparation 2
This is a right hand only exercise, which will help prepare for practicing scales. Its main goals are to practice the stroke -rest or free – mechanism and control as well as beginning to consider string crossing, which is the biggest hurdle to achieving speed in scale runs.
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i m m a i a
Planting: make sure you are sequential planting the fingers as you play this exercise. The notes should have a staccato beat to them, you can hear that in the video above. This exercise is played in two ways: free stroke (like the video) and rest stroke. Aim for an even tone between the two. The fingers can also be reversed: m i, m a, a i
Note: This study uses the right hand only so that maximum concentration can be given to this exercise, which not only improves finger control but also has a bearing on tone production. Practice mindfully.
This study is in triplets for the express purpose of practicing alternating strokes, with odd groupings. Aim is to make sure that each string is played with the odd finger. For an even group you would always start each string with the same finger: i m, i m etc. This can be seen in micro study 33, which is even.
The odd groupings are: i m i, m i m, etc. This exercises the weaker finger combinations.
The right hand thumb is tracked with the fingers as they move up and down the strings. This does get some getting used to if you haven’t already practiced this already. Watch the video to see the thumb track 2 strings (spacing) behind the fingers. If this was a rest stroke it would track 3 strings behind.
And Remember: move the stroke from the big knuckles, not the joints.
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