Remember I told you about the feedback I had received on violinist.com? Several people told me that I had to work more on my intonation. And that I have to do that before doing vibrato or starting to shift. So, the past month I have worked hard to improve my intonation. They had suggested I use Wohlfahrt Etude 1 as a great exercise for practicing intonation.
Wohlfahrt Opus 45 Etude 1
It’s been quite some time since I played a Wohlfahrt etude, and especially this etude. I think I tried this one 9 months ago or so. I had played through it for a couple of days and then moved on to the next etude. Of course it didn’t sound any good. Now that I practiced this etude for the second time, I’ve worked at the same time on the C Major scale and arpeggios. This etude and the C Major and A minor scale are really perfect to work on low finger 1 and low finger 2.
While practicing this etude I’ve also tried to have my left hand as still as possible. I do this as follows: first I play 4th finger and try to keep my hand in that position. Then in that same position I play 3rd, 2nd and 1st finger. That way, my hand is more balanced on the 3rd and 4th finger instead of on the 1st finger. Now I don’t have to stretch my 4th finger so hard anymore. So, I think that’s an improvement.
I had heard Heather Broadbent talk about this way of setting up the left hand several times. But it seemed complicated for me to do and I had never tried it until a couple of weeks ago. Now I’m happy I finally tried this because it also really helps for practicing intonation.