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No, it's not what happens when you're trying to look posh when holding a glass of expensive wine 🙂
It's all about economy of movement of the left hand in fiddling (and violining too). To many, it would be stating the obvious, but surprisingly, many simply bypass this important and very basic fingering technique.
The video explains it all :
Just passing thru here but if you want a study in finger clusters it's as close as FM instruction videos ..... most any video. However, the videos reinforce my notion that my large hands and fingers are not ideal for a violin. FM has "perfect" fit.
As a last resort, you could have the string, nut and bridge spacing increased slightly, assuming the neck is wide enough. But - often there is a "critical dimension" of the fingertips of even large fingers of large hands (think about Itzak Perlman) which makes quite a difference to the playing, all else being equal. This "dimension" is the thickness of the finger from nail to pad. Some people have quite a slim measurement there, even thought the fingers are "fat", looking from left to right. It's significant. It matters.
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