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Fiddlerman's beginner practice etudes
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Just a comment: Though I have covered what is in a beginner student violin book, I'm starting from scratch and reviewing FM's videos. So far, am doing the pieces for G string and etudes for D, and I really feel the stretch in my hand. It's good, because my book didn't emphasize using that pinky finger, and it's a challenge for me. Happy fiddlin!coffee

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The pinky is for pros and lazy guys like me.  It often allows one to complete passages on one string without a bowing change.  That's good news for intonation and, often, speed. 

I will also confess that I hated practicing pinky music.

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with my small fingers the pinky is not a option on the g and d strings might come later as my fingers adjust.but enjoying learning so far practice about 1/2 to a hour a day.but it ten -fifteen min at a time.

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Oliver said

The pinky is for pros and lazy guys like me.  It often allows one to complete passages on one string without a bowing change.  That's good news for intonation and, often, speed. 

I will also confess that I hated practicing pinky music.

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I appreciate your input, Oliver. I know it will be work, but hopefully the pinky stretch will become second nature before too long. crossedfingers

To wco1968:   I'm sure there are many successful violinists with short fingers. Great that you are getting a good amount of regular practice in!  A pianist friend once told me, once you learn it, it's yours.    wink

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For the record ...... I had to discover that the pinky stretch turned out to be very much left elbow position which was a good find smile (but not original I must addamuse

 

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