Left Hand

Articles and videos to help improve all aspects of left-hand technique, from mastering fast passages with evenness and clarity, to building finer strength and flexibility, and achieving confident chords and double stops.

Latest Left Hand

Trilling

How to develop left-hand finger strength

2022-08-20T23:00:00+01:00

Up and down movement is the basis of left-hand technique and many pedagogues have invented fiendish exercises to improve it. Rok Klopčič takes a look at some of them

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Slow practice should be used only when needed as a learning tool

2022-08-19T10:20:00+01:00By Paul Neubauer

Are you wasting your time? As musicians we should be doing more to question the standard warm-up and practice regimes, writes violist Paul Neubauer

Flexibility

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‘Begin with some finger push-ups’ - Technique: Left-hand finger independence

2022-08-19T09:47:00+01:00

How to build strength and flexibility for a truly agile left hand with Adriana LaRosa Ransom, professor of cello and string project director at Illinois State University, US

Strength

Trilling

How to develop left-hand finger strength

2022-08-20T23:00:00+01:00

Up and down movement is the basis of left-hand technique and many pedagogues have invented fiendish exercises to improve it. Rok Klopčič takes a look at some of them

Warming up

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Slow practice should be used only when needed as a learning tool

2022-08-19T10:20:00+01:00By Paul Neubauer

Are you wasting your time? As musicians we should be doing more to question the standard warm-up and practice regimes, writes violist Paul Neubauer

Fast Passages

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‘Begin with some finger push-ups’ - Technique: Left-hand finger independence

2022-08-19T09:47:00+01:00

How to build strength and flexibility for a truly agile left hand with Adriana LaRosa Ransom, professor of cello and string project director at Illinois State University, US

Trills

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Trills and embellishments: exercises from Wilhelmj and Brown’s A Modern School for Violin

2021-10-05T15:00:00+01:00

Violist Misha Galaganov recommends exercises from August Wilhelmj and James Brown’s out-of-print A Modern School for Violin,  to accompany his Technique  article in the October 2021 issue

Chords and Double Stops

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Left-hand agility in Dont Etude op.35 no.8

2021-07-29T12:00:00+01:00

In this extract from the May 1999 issue, violinist Zakhar Bron shares tips on hand shape and intonation when playing thirds in Dont Etude op.35 no.8

Harmonics

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Technique: Artificial harmonics

2020-09-20T02:41:00+01:00

How to use this less-common technique to improve harmonics, hand frame, intonation and bow control