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Taper123
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 After doing a search and reading others experiences on here, I see that I am not alone when it comes to having my left hand get sore when first learning to play Wohlfahrt's no 1.  Really good practice though.   Been working more on bowing and technique instead of any songs lately.  

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Yep, first couple of years I had a bad habit of gripping too hard.  

 

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I have arthritis in my fingers, which adds a bit of frustration. But, I found I can brace the  note playing finger against the nearest finger to it, and it doesn't hurt so bad. I'm working on Kamarouski #2 and it's almost up to speed.  Song really got stuck in my head. I was humming loudly on a motorcycle ride and my husband pulled over, thinking something was wrong with the bike. Nope just me and Kamarouski.  I am not a singer! 

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April 26, 2016 - 4:33 pm
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Taper123 said
 After doing a search and reading others experiences on here, I see that I am not alone when it comes to having my left hand get sore when first learning to play Wohlfahrt's no 1.  Really good practice though.   Been working more on bowing and technique instead of any songs lately.  

More common than not perhaps. The good news is that if you build it up, you will grow out of it. Try to relax and not grip the violin too hard.

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I have been playing for many years and  I still get cramps in my left hand every  so often. It's usually the  result of gripping the violin too hard while trying  to position your fingers,  When it happens I stop playing for  a  few  minutes and  then  when I start playing again I focus on relaxing my grip on the neck  of  the violin.  It also tends  to happen more  when i don't play for a  few days. If I play regularly it tends not to happen.

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May 11, 2016 - 8:44 am
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Sounds normal to me. We need to focus on relaxing and not over exerting energy when we play or it can lead to problems later.

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