This week on her journey of video tutorials, Nicola Benedetti is going back to more basics focusing on the left hand, taking us through what she considers to be one of the most sacred, basic and life changing exercises for her: Schradieck Number 1.

She says: ‘It’s not the fact of the exercise. It’s about the approach and application of it. I’m going to take you through it slowly and in lots of detail, so please be patient and trust the exercise – it’ll be worth it. It was one of a few things that helped absolutely transform my playing, after which everything became easier.’