Left hand micro adjustments

Sometimes when I need to play two consecutive notes (on the same string) with one fret in between, I have to choose between stretching my fingers to play the higher note, or to lift all fingers and play the second note after shifting my whole hand. I prefer the shift because it allows me to maintain my hand shape (alignment of the knuckles), avoiding unnecessary micro adjustments in the smaller muscles. I also recommend not to stretch because if creates tension in the weakest finger - pinky as shown in the example below.

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Etude No. 1 by H. Villa-Lobos Right Hand Pattern

Etude No. 1 has been my good friend for many years. It is a beautiful piece in itself besides being a great arpeggio exercise. While I can see value in trying to work up the right hand fingerings pattern indicated by Segovia, I came to a decision to change it to one that results in better evenness in rhythm, tone and gradual dynamics progression.

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