I'm playing various all-rest-stroke beginner practice pieces from various methods (currently from Noad, + Larry's "The Conservatory Tutor"). Sometimes they're indicating recommended RH fingering. These are simple pieces, music in 1 line, no chords.
I run into places in the pieces where, at times, there's no need for multiple prior digits to move off a string it landed on, before playing the next note.
This leads to times where, by strict economy of motion, I could potentially have p + 2 fingers "resting" on strings they landed on, then play a rest stroke with a 3rd finger, and now I'd briefly have p i m & a all resting on some string for a moment. Or just pim, or just ima, etc.
Is this proper, or what is?
I kind of dislike it so far. It makes the hand position a little weird or cramped/crowded-feeling at times, and sometimes it feels mentally weird.
I prefer never having more than p + 1 digit resting on a string, then I feel poised and free and relaxed ready to do whatever, but what is correct? Can I release everything I feel like releasing and decide to just leave p resting on a string, or just 1 digit, or just p+1?
Maybe part of this is, I'm sight-reading...so having fingers free for whatever might be needed next feels best to me. And then that approach for finger placement/release becomes my automatic mechanic for playing that piece.
A related question, when I am deciding my own RH fingering, should I want to choose a fingering that leaves as many fingers resting on strings as possible? Is pima (or just a few) resting (briefly) on strings, when possible, a desirable goal?
Last edited by Jason Kulas on Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:21 pm, edited 7 times in total.
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