X4 fingering, Suzuki violin book

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    kbird
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    In Suzuki book 5, revised, for violin, I’ve come across “X4” as a fingering. I have found online that this indicates that the 4th finger is to be extended to play this note. I wonder how this ought to be presented in braille.
    Thanks,
    Karen

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    LarrySmith
    Moderator

    Karen, I’m going to have to ask a string player about this one. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

    By the way, is this message still waiting since last October? I thought I was up to date with the forum.

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    LarrySmith
    Moderator

    Ruth Rozen, our string expert, sent me a copy from a Suzuki cello book where she is going to meet the same situation. A footnote there says “Closed hand position is marked with O. Open hand position is marked with X.” The Xs and Os in this one appear between notes, not adjacent to the finger number. I recommend that you and Ruth discuss this challenge off-list and let us know what you can suggest. If you don’t have Ruth’s contact info, I’ll give it to you off-list.

    My thought, as a starting point, would be to treat these markings as word-sign expressions, explained on the TN page. Where they occur between notes, that is where I would put them in the braille. Under the music braille rules, they cannot come between the note and the fingering, so if the X is given with the fingering 4 in your violin book, I’d put the word-sign X before the note. A TN is necessary in any case.

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