# Four Basic Steps of Shifting
1. Play the old note
2. Release finger pressure into harmonic position
3. Slide finger along string in harmonic position until you reach the new note
4. Play the new note
Practice slowly enough that you can focus on following these steps exactly. It can be tempting to combine steps, but it is crucial to enforce good habits for building consistent technique. Combining steps is used for slides, which we’ll examine later.