Emily challenged me, since I had posted on the descending B major scale I should challenge myself to do twenty minutes solely on the descending scale. Here are my findings – I didn’t have my official photographer with me, so I may get him to take some shots of my left hand for future reference.
First, I needed to find B-flat on my A string. To do this, I checked G in fourth position, then got my hand organized for G-A-Bb. This took some doing, but it is worth the effort since I need this organization for D minor pieces including the Kol Nidre. I checked with the tuner a few times until I felt comfortable with it. My 3 on Bb and 2 on A appear to be almost adjacent from my head’s perspective but there is a perceptible gap of air between them.
My next challenge was to make sure to come down all the way to G. Once I could do that, the rest of the scale pretty much played itself. My issue was that the appearance of my fingers G-A seemed like more than twice the distance from A to B♭. Once I got used to that, I began working on repeating B♭-A-G until it sounded right.
The rest of the scale worked itself out, provided I had a good posture in 4th position on the G string to play C-B♭. The lowest notes of bottom octave, are all on the G string, including the D. The trickiest was to land on D with 4 and not C#. This needs a bit more attention, as of this writing. And finally, my extension from C back to B♭ got overshot a few times.
In summary, I needed to spend a lot of time locating the highest B♭ and getting my hand organized. I need to do this a few more times, with better breathing and paying attention to my back, since I wound up tense in my lower back.
So, there you have it – your turn, Emily!