OK – the idea here is to play IN TUNE!
Every day, it’s the same old thing – TUNE those notes. Casals, the famous cellist said: after sixty years, every morning I still go out on the balcony (this is in sunny Italy), pick up my cello and remind myself where the notes are.
You’d think that after years of lessons and a hundred thousand exercises (or half a million fiddle tunes), the fingers would know just where to go. So why don’t they always go there?
Here’s the deal: a fingertip that touches the string one millimeter (1/16 inch) out of place is OUT OF TUNE! Arrgghh! How so?
CLUE: If your finger lands on its point and touches the string in the EXACT CENTRE of your fingertip, you’re very, very close to being in tune. BUT if you land on the curved part of your fingertip, it’s touching a different place on the string. Get it? QUIZ: if you land on the curved part, will it be sharp or flat?
SO – pay attention. Like painting a wall, or maybe mounting a butterfly –