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