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SECOND PART.
Each of these exercises should also be played upon the other strings. The exercise in minims and crotchets in half strokes and in the middle.
Placing the fingers.
The first exercise consists in setting the first finger on all the strings in succession, then the second in con­junction with the first, the third in conjunction with the other two, and finally the fourth is added.
In the same manner on the other strings. If one desires to remain in the key of C*, the first ringer when on the E string must be drawn back a semitone to stop F, and on the G string, the 2nd finger must be put for­ward a semitone to play the note B. The remaining notes are stopped alike on all the strings. It is better at first not to adhere to the scale, but to stop the notes of the other strings as shown above on the D string; thus producing the following tones: —
* The easiest keys for beginners are G, D and A major, as in these keys the open strings may all be utilized; the fingers fall more naturally into position, and do not require to be "set back" a semitone, as in C major (F on the E string) and in the keys with flats. The scales and easy melodies in G, D and A might therefore, be practised with the following exercises, or if deemed advisable, precede them. Tr.
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