Hand Position Principles

Hand Position Principles
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Hand-Position principles refer to left hand techniques.
The goal is to prepare your fingers to perform with great dexterity.
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Fingers approach the string with a curved arcshape and your fingertips make contact with the string.
Hand Position Rhymes
Rhymes make concepts easier to remember. Each rhyme serves as a hand-position principle check-point. Training your hand to approach the neck of the instrument properly, allows your fingers to perform in the most successful and efficient manner.
Please memorize these Rhymes:
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SPACE at the BASE means that there should be a feather-width (small degree) of space between your finger’s base segment and the instrument’s neck, when performing.
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The base segment of each finger should be parallel to the strings whenever physically possible. Pretend there is a small degree of space.
Space at the Base gives your hand and fingers the ability to possess a loose and supported range of motion. Spring-like left hand and finger mechanics are improved with space at the base.
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