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Learn how to perform precise and clear pizzicato with your left hand.

Pull the finger sideways off the fingerboard.

Use lots of finger pressure.

The finger creating the pitch requires the most pressure—even more pressure than the finger that plucks the strings!


Pull the pizzicato finger to the side.

Use lots of finger pressure, especially on the finger that plays the pitch.

Practice only in short segments to avoid getting blisters on your finger tips!


Master Classes
For the scale, press all fingers on the left hand into the fingerboard, then pull them off to the side.


Practice pizzicato left hand passages slowly with the metronome.

Use dotted rhythms and other patterns to train rhythmical accuracy.


Violin, Yang Liu

Violin, Yang Liu

Piano, Ina Ham

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