Re: Practice Video - Volkstümliche Zitherschule p31 - Der erste Tanz
Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:49 am
Since we are all constructed differently, there is no "correct" position for the little finger. The mentioned groove on the bridge goes back to the A. Darr book that told you to rest the little finger there. That approach was discarded by the end of the 19th century. My journey in using the little finger began with studying the books on the right hand written by Willy Hintermeyer and I enthusiastically recommend these books to anyone who wants a more complete command of the instrument. Keeping your right hand mobile and relaxed is indeed the most important aspect on playing any instrument but especially the zither. Regardless of the style of instrument you have, making full use of all the fingers gives you a distinct advantage in playing. When playing runs using the basses and contra basses, I use alternating fingers wherever possible a la Hintermeyer. If you keep your wrist up it gives all the fingers better purchase. Above all STAY RELAXED!!!! Just my 2p.