Plying on the tips of their fingers?

said: Sep 16, 2010
 145 posts

My 2 and a half year old pupil is almost playing the whole of twinkle so I’m very excited!! I’m try to get her to play on the tips of her fingers but it’s quite hard to achieve. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!

Ruth Brons said: Sep 16, 2010
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

“Fingers 2 and 3 stand on their noses!”

“Let’s draw a rainbow on your third finger and watch it play!”

Timothy Judd said: Sep 17, 2010
Timothy Judd
Suzuki Association Member
Glen Allen, VA
56 posts

Keep an eye on the left palm to make sure it is dropped. You may want to put a small ball into the student’s hand, then remove it and see if the hand can set up on the fingerboard without changing position. The palm in this placement allows the fingers to come down on the tips. Try setting finger over and over without playing and call out each finger as it is set “1, 2, 3!” Also keep an eye on thumb position. Another idea may be to put some magic marker or pen ink on the student’s fingertips and say, “can you put your finger down right here?” If the finger is not on the tip, the student will be able to see the dot.

said: Sep 18, 2010
 63 posts

I’m assuming piano…? For piano I have my students do the ball as suggested above, and also for younger students I have them protect a butterfly underneath their palms (they tell me what colour the butterfly is!). I gently touch the palm so they can feel the “wings” brush underneath and protect it while they are playing, and in ready position.

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