# Left Hand Permutations Part 1

Following, are some thoughts about the left hand. In practicing scales, one only practices a relatively small number of L.H. combinations, so practicing all 24 possible combinations over a regular period makes sense. This is what I’m looking for with any of the patterns:

- fingers 2 and 3 on their tips and in the centre of the pad, perpendicular to the frets; fingers 1 and 4 as close to perpendicular as the hand allows (both to the side of the pad):

- fingers curved in a ‘press’ position from the knuckle joint – in other words, the knuckle joint is active, this is the strongest joint in the hand (and the basis of a firm ‘grip’)

- press and release; finger 2 below is pressing, finger 1 is not, although it remains in a relaxed position on the string

- keep released fingers near to the strings (Finger 1 is pressing in the illustration below)

All 24 possible permutations can be downloaded from this attachment: 24 permutations of the left hand

*Notes on the attachment *

The 24 permutations have been divided into random sets of 4. It is advisable to print these and cut them out, perhaps onto card, then to use each card for a week or two, practicing the patterns in different positions. Practice should focus on one permutation at a time. Speeds should be increased slowly using a metronome. Different combinations of R.H. fingers should be used.

In subsequent posts more suggestions will be made for developing practice routines using the permutations.

© Donald Bousted 2015