# Intermediary Note The note that helps connect the change of position is the _intermediary note_.[^1] It does not need to be in the same key as the passage – it is silent so it is merely used as a guide. The two kinds of shifts that use intermediary notes are [[old-finger-shift|old-finger]] and [[new-finger-shift|new-finger]] shifts.[^2] They are a natural development of the [[202401291447 same-finger-shifts|same-finger shift]]. > [!note] > When practicing intermediary notes, do actually play them. A good method is to play them as grace notes. In performance, don’t play the intermediary note. We can also combine intermediary notes with [[202401291448 extension-shift|extension-shift]] and [[202401291449 contraction-shift|contraction-shifts]]. Aside from reducing the distance needed to shift, it also allows for more variety in slides. We’ll cover this more in a later topic for slides. --- [^1]: When used as slides, Neikrug called them classical and romantic shifts as well as Kreisler and Heifetz shifts. [^2]: Other common terms are “guiding note” or “guiding finger.” Neikrug preferred “intermediary note.”