Left hand technique
|Definition of proper left hand technique: Correct positioning, strong and healthy fingers on fingerboard, sustain and maintain pitch, intonation, & expression||00h:00m:04s|
|Demonstration of making proper finger contact with the fingerboard||00h:00m:45s|
|Breathing life into the finger as it makes contact with the fingerboard||00h:01m:06s|
|Playing the note before the finger makes contact with the fingerboard; finger is alive (with vibrato) before you touch the string||00h:01m:16s|
|Fingers should be "breathing" and playing melodically||00h:01m:54s|
Former San Francisco Symphony violinist and pedagogue Zoya Leybin discusses left hand technique for violinists
Zoya Leybin was a first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Leybin was born into a Jewish family in Riga, Latvia, part of the former Soviet Union. At the age of five and a half, Leybin began studying the violin, eventually studying under David Oistrakh and Yanke Levich at the Moscow Conservatory. For religious, human and artist freedom, Ms. Leybing immigrated briefly to Italy, then to Canada and finally to the U.S. when she joined the Denver Symphony. Two years later, she joined the San Francisco Symphony. She regularly coaches at the New World Symphony.