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As a very stiff old person (60) I was wondering if the rest of the not as young any more people out there are have the same kind of problems as me. I can't get my body to do the things that young/experenced violinist seen to have little problem doing. Also do your hands hurt after only a short time? My hand does NOT want to get around and over to the G string, and my pinky is short and can't curve at all to reach any string but the E string. What say the rest of you? Exasperated!!!
Thanks Dennis. Ive been thinking about just giving up on the 4th finger and shifting to the next position. I admit I have been getting better, but there's no hope of ever getting even half as good as FM in the next 15 years even if I do keep playing that long, but I am going to try. Not much difference in our age.
Swinging your elbow more under the violin towards your right side will make the G string more accessable. But be carful not to put your back in a bind.
I like to do a few strecthing exercises pulling my elbow with my right hand, and generally trying to loosen up the upper torso.
That and few drinks usally works pretty well!
No matter where you go, there you are!
I'm 61 and just getting started. I use rubber grip strengtheners and have seen great improvement in both hands. No more pain. Fiddlershop.com sells fancy ones, or you can get cheaper ones at WalMart.
I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.
Turn 50 in June, on the 8th. (still feel 30, and act 15!!)
Bought my first violin last June with some birthday money. Started playing it, (with lessons), in December
It seems we all have something in common today.
We are all the youngest we will ever be again, so I reckon that must be the perfect age to start learning!
(Even my walking stick will have horse hair down one side of it!!)
I was born with nothing,
and to my surprise I still have most of it left!
Hmmmmmm.... Fiddlerman, my son will turn 49, June 16th, I will turn 69, September 21st.
I started playing violin at age 3, played for 7 yrs and stopped.
I've picked it up periodically over the last 60 yrs but just now starting to really get back into it. I just stringed it up with the new "Zyex" strings I purchased from "Fiddlershop" on Saturday. Took off the new "Helicore's" I just put on 4 weeks ago. I can hear a difference, sound's a little richer. The "Zyex's" went on the 130 yr. old fiddle. The old/new "Helicore's" went on the $90.00 internet special, that sounds much better also.
Ohhhhh... BTW, FM... the Luthier where I take my violin to be worked on said, your price on the strings was a great price. I just may buy another set of "Zyex's" for the el-cheapo fiddle, if that makes any sence.
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