Walking fingers videoJuly 13th, 2011
I’ve been doing some video taping. My priority this past year has to get some of the concepts I’ve written about here on video.
Well, it’s not easy. Quite apart from the tech problems – I finally figured out how to set my camera for low light situations – it’s also the off-the-cuff speaking which I’m still getting used to.
Here’s one of my attempts at trying to explain and show the concept of walking the fingers. The audio is on the soft side which is just as well, as I don’t sound all that coherent, but the main thing is the video.
What the video doesn’t show is the actual sensation at my fingertips, and as I’ve written before, I focus all my playing at my fingertips, there’s a sense of forward motion in the fingertips, they feel as if they’re being constantly propelled forward. The focus also is on finding the next string rather than on the actual plucking, in other words, on the pre-plucking rather than the plucking.
Here’s Etude #1 by Villa Lobos — a good piece to practice the walking fingers exercise.