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Arm Position for the D String
Is there are trick to adjusting the left arm for the D string?
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Vancouver Island, BC Canada
June 21, 2015 - 2:48 pm
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Is it just me or does everybody have the hardest time playing the D string.  If my arm is in the right position my pitches are OK, but finding that position seems much harder than finding the position for the other strings.  Is there a trick?  Or do I just have to keep practicing til my body memorizes it?



Michigan, USA

June 21, 2015 - 9:39 pm
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Playing on the D and G string is a bit harder if you don't tuck your elbow more into your belly.That will let your hand roll over more on top of the strings.

I guess most beginners have that issue as well.



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June 22, 2015 - 10:21 am
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I would say that you are probably right. To play on the D string you must lift your right arm a bit higher, obviously the G too but with the G you don't need to worry about hitting a string on both sides, just one.

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June 22, 2015 - 4:01 pm
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I  had more trouble with clean D string bowings in the past. I think it will work itself out with you .. .keep playing and muscle memory should kick in... :)

cheers and good luck.

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June 22, 2015 - 5:41 pm
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You can do some "silent" exercises: without the bow and in front of a mirror, slowly work your fingers through the strings at the same time you focus in adjusting your elbow in each string. There's a certain angle to each string that your arm needs to be aware, just like when you are bowing. Start slowly and with time you will do it without any problem :)

Vancouver Island, BC Canada
June 30, 2015 - 3:33 pm
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Thanks so much for the replies @Fiddlestix @Fiddlerman @coolpinkone and @ElisaDalViolin  

Fiddlerstix, I am not sure how I can tuck my arm into my belly... Either my short arms or my large breasts are in the way!!!!!

@eliseadaviolin @Fiddlerman @coolpinkone I guess I just have to keep practicing.

It's good to know others had this problem too! Thanks all!

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