How to Play A Low 2nd Finger?
Before I go into the detailsof low/high fingers, I want to address a topic that frustrates a lot ofbeginner violinists and that is violin fingering and their values. When lookingat a violin’s finger tapes, you will notice that the spacing is whole step,whole step, half step, whole step. Because this spacing is consistent acrossall four strings, our brain wants the note value (natural, sharp, flat) to bethe same as well. The fact is, they are not and this is what causes thefrustration. Take, for example, first finger descending from E, they are F#, B,E, A. The key is to remember that same finger placement does not equal samenote value when it comes to the violin.
Low 2nd Finger
To play a low second finger, you’re going to slide your second finger down until it touches the firstfinger. When there are two fingers touching, we call that a half step. Don’tforget that the flat, natural, sharp values do not carry across all of thestrings. On the E, A, and D string, your low second finger are all naturalnotes, G, C, and F, and on the tapes, they are sharp notes G#, C#, and F#. Thedifference will be on the G string; there we have a low second finger as Bb anda high second finger as B natural.