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Just curious: how are measurement of your arm and fingers length?
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Measurements of my fingers from the line where the fingers join the palm to the tip:

Thumb: 4.8 cm (1.85 in)

Index: 6.3 cm (2.5 in)

middle: 7 cm (2.7 in)

ring: 6 cm (2.4 in)

pinkie: 4.3 cm (1.69 in)

Arm length:

neck to wrist: 53 cm (21in)

neck to mid palm (where it bends): 59 cm (23.25 in)

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Okay, I'll play -

 

Thumb: 6.5 cm

Index: 7.5 cm

Middle: 8 cm

Ring: 7.5 cm

Pinkie: 6 cm

Neck to wrist: 64.5 cm

Neck to mid palm: 71.5 cm

 

Why are these measurements important?

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I just want to see how short mine are compare to other people who play on 4/4 violin. See how short my arm and my pinkie? I probably should get a 3/4 violin. I've been searching for 7/8 violin, however, 7/8 i found on ebay has measurements that are very close to my cvn 500. I'm still waiting for a dealer's reply on their 7/8 violin. After that I'm probably going to give up or i'll have to make one of my own.

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I don't know pky…? I know FM did suggest maybe try a smaller violin but I think you should just stick with your CVN 500 4/4 scale. But with my guitar background the violin 4/4 scale size is tiny to me. I would stop with the math (I'm horrible with math) and just jam on the fiddle

Just take a snapshot of your left hand on your fiddle and I bet you'll get great feedback to get back on track 😉

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Actually I think it would be better to stick to your full size violin for several reasons. One is that they are much more common and that makes shopping for a good violin much easier. Also the sound is always better on a full size fiddle.

One of my three suggestions was to have the fingerboard thinned out by a luthier. I met a couple of players with small hands that have done that.

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i'm planning on continue to struggling with my 4/4 because it's my first violin and I love it. Guess what? the case has a heart shape where the center bottom part of my violin lays. I thought they made the case like that, but my daughter's didn't have it then i realized that the center bottom (back) of my violin shapes like a heart (indentation). Although I may still get a bigger 3/4 violin to try it out because If I don't want it, i could still keep it for my daughter when she gets bigger. hopefully she will still be playing then.

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Fingers:
Thumb:6.5cm
Index:8.5cm
Middle:9.5cm
Ring:8.5cm
Pinkie:7cm

Neck and arm I'm too lazy to measure ^^ and good luck with your violin. You probably just need time to get used to it and I think you should stick to your current violin too. >.^

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I often wonder if a smaller violin is better for me too because it's such a stretch for my fingers especially when I have to play low 1s and use my 4th finger on the same string, so here are my measurements just for comparisons sake:

 

Measurements of my fingers from the line where the fingers join the palm to the tip:

Thumb: 6 cm 

Index: 6.8 cm 

middle: 7.2 cm 

ring: 6.6 cm 

pinkie: 5.4 cm 

Arm length:

neck to wrist: 55 cm

neck to mid palm (where it bends): 63 cm

 

Ok, I thought I had small hands but evidently not when in comparison to pky's cool sorry mate, I feel for you. 

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Not even close Chinny. You should definitely play on a full size fiddle. Besides that the sound is much better on a 4/4 size.

Make sure you get your arm under the violin enough and fiddle up towards your shoulder enough to reach. Think about balance. I'll check that again on your next video.

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Chinny, YES, not even close, even I, am playing on a 4/4 😛

I noticed that if I remember to pull my left elbow closer to the center of my body, I would do better. If you watched the fiddlerman playing, you would notice that his left elbow is not just under the center of his vioin (like he recommended) but all the way to the center of his body! i guessed when you start to learn at a younger age, you could make use of some of the muscles that you won't use in later years of your life. After all these years not using those muscle and now I have to start using them, given that I am not flexible at all, is tough. Chinny, you are still young, go for it! 

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My fingers are pretty long, but I have noticed that when I move my left elbow to the right (closer to my body) my fourth finger seems to have more strength, particularly on the lower strings. This also seems  to help keep the fourth finger from doing that annoying buckling thing. Know what I mean?

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Oh now that i think about it, i do have my elbow pretty far to the left... kinda like one would imitate a chicken flapping their wings. I'll try to put up a small video today with that point in mind, since i'll be stuck in bed for the next couple of days.

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SaraO said:

My fingers are pretty long, but I have noticed that when I move my left elbow to the right (closer to my body) my fourth finger seems to have more strength, particularly on the lower strings. This also seems  to help keep the fourth finger from doing that annoying buckling thing. Know what I mean?

exactly Sara. Also apply more weight to the left side of your finger (when staring at your palm not back side) for more strength and better flexibility in the future.

Chinny said:

i'll be stuck in bed for the next couple of days.

Why is that Chinny?

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I'm allergic to a lot of pain killers. I have to test out paracetamol again just to be sure because I'm going to get my wisdoms out at the end of the year. If i still get a reaction I have to choose between allergy pains or wisdom teeth pains. I hope I've overcome my allergy though!

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Usually when you remove your wisdom teeth the pain is virtually none after the fact. The only time you'll need to deal with the pain is while they are removing them. You aren't allergic to Novocain are you?

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A lot of my friends have their wisdoms removed and they say it hurts like mad.... and their cheeks are all swollen. I've never heard of Novocain, is that the brand? I'm pretty sure most medication is called something different everywhere you go because different companies make them. What's the active drug in it?

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Novocain is the local anesthetic which is injected in your gums for the operation. Obviously it hurts like mad during the operation if you don't get a anesthetic but I wouldn't even dream of it.

Are your friends referring to the operation or afterwards?

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oh i should be ok with anesthetics, but they were talking about the week after the operation

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I've done it twice and no pain whatsoever for me the day after.exactly

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Fiddlerman said:

I've done it twice and no pain whatsoever for me the day after.exactly

That's cuz you're a tough cookie, ive been babied, i have a low pain threshold! 

 

Barry said:

my index finger is from knuckle to tip is as long as my violin neck from heel to nut...lol

Whoa thats insane, no wonder i feel like im stretching my fingers more that you do in your videos, because i am!

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