I am playing Ravel’s “Pavane” in orchestra. It’s slow and lovely and not terribly difficult. I’m doing well until I get to the part where we’re playing pizzicato:
Strumming slowly and vibrating the top note. It’s all working fine until I get to the last chord. There’s an F sharp and I stop. I’ve been happily playing by one finger on one note and barring two notes. It works well when the two notes are in the same place on 2 strings, as in the 4th measure. I barre the A-E with my one and play the C with my 2. Now I have to play an F sharp, C and A. I need to use 3 fingers. It’s not difficult. The trick is in the finger choreography. I have to instruct my fingers, one finger at a time, where it is to go and when. I have to determine which finger goes first and practice the motion once I decide on the best and easiest way to get where I want to go. Once this is done and I’ve practiced the motion many times, it feels natural and comfortable. I sometimes forget that my fingers aren’t proficient at moving around the fingerboard. They certainly are not as proficient as my brain. I mean, I knew what those notes were and where they were on the instrument. Why didn’t my fingers know too? They just aren’t that smart and they need to be instructed. I sometimes expect too much from them. When they’ve had the choreography shown to them and they get a chance to rehearse, then they have learned and they know what to do. It all works so well.