Luis_Br wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:36 pm
I think LH independence exercises are great and important.
The point is muscle dissociation and learning to tense only the required muscles while the non-used finger stays relaxed touching some string.
Forcing some finger to be still over some string is really wrong and may generate problems. Finger must stay there because of relaxing, not by tensing opposite muscles.
I got better concentrating more on keeping non-used muscles relaxed and just letting the working finger do its thing, than the opposite.
I have already mentioned several independence exercises over my posts, with links. I don't have time to look for them now, but I recommend you search:
- Carcassi Op59 - near the half ot the method, you find exercises with fingers 3 or 4 at a pedal note while others play some scales.
- Carlevaro book 4 - you find several fixed fingers exercises
- Pujol's Escuela Razonada book 4 - nice variations of the spyder kind of exercises, which helps indendence and hand positioning (Tennant's Pumping Nylon sais it is from Assads, but the Assads actually learned them from the Pujol's method)
- scales in 3rds, 6ths or 8ves also helps independence and hand positioning alltogether, like you find in Giuliani Op1 (they have similar effect of the spyder ones)
- There is a series of 4 videos at youtube by Pavel Steidl teaching exercises which includes a lot of LH independece in the same philosophy of the above
- There are some videos at youtube from Masterclasses with Marcelo Kayath, in one of them he teaches LH slurs exercises with fixed fingers, also simiar philosophy. It is interesting that a student asked him which are the most valuable exercises in his opinion, and he said those that you can only do well if you keep good hand positioning, so he showed those as well as some for RH which also require good RH positioning.