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The 4th finger for the harmonics / Monti Czardas

Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) is an Italian composer, whose Cardas (1904) is a well known piece based on Hungarian csardas, traditional folk dance which starts slowly and ends in a very fast tempo written in 4/4 or 2/4.

monti czardas harmonics

Question from my student:

Does the 4th finger need to be curved when one plays the harmonics?

My answer:

It is very interesting and good question!

When one is playing the harmonics, we use the pad of the finger, not the tip, so naturally the 4th finger becomes very straight.

4th finger for harmonics

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