- July 14, 2019 at 6:16 pm #26285
Hi! May I check the mental guidelines I’m thinking while I practice Sevcik?
All shifts occur on old bow, except new-finger shifts which occur on new bow (since the point is for them to be heard).
Exchange shift is defined as higher finger to lower finger (ascending) or lower finger to higher finger (descending).
In exchange shifts, do the substitution first (new finger to original note), then slide to new note.
ChristineJuly 16, 2019 at 10:38 pm #26443
Yes, all those are correct!
To further clarify (hopefully not to muddy the waters), we’ve got three types of bow treatments for our shifts: under a slur, before the bow change, after the bow change.
We’ve also got three types of finger treatment (same-finger, guide-finger, and exchange).
By my count, that’s nine different ways you could get from one note to another, depending on the fingering you choose!
But given a certain fingering (as is the case in the Sevcik book), you should practice it with all three bow treatments: under the slur, before the bow change, and after the bow change.
Keep in mind that if it’s a “guide-finger” shift, (for example 1st to 3rd position, shifting from a 1 to a 3) then the before-bow-change version will also mean “old finger”. After-bow-change will be “new finger”. Under the slur, both old and new finger are options, so you should practice both ways!July 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm #26448
Thank you! It’s helpful to think in terms of the various bow/finger combinations.July 17, 2019 at 1:09 pm #26480
I wish there was a “like” button because it was a great question and response. Thank you both!
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