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My pinky tends to be stretched all the way on the bow..such as when doing an up bow...but it is extremely difficult for me to rest naturally like on a down bow...it i s very finicky and tends to be twisted on an angle...i think my pinky is double jointed since it never seens to curl inward naturally and fluently...it always has a strange sudden snap when i try to move on the bow. I am tring to do some cole bowing for months and this pinky has been hindering my progress? ANY suggestions?
This has me somewhat worried. Due to genetics my pinkies only go to the first knuckle of the ring finger. This has made it difficult for me when it comes to doing things such as playing instruments. I cannot play the guitar because of my short pinkies- this makes me worry if I will have difficulties on the violin. The ukulele I can handle as it is so small. Fiddlerman, do you have any insight on this?
Luminiz, I hope you get your issues worked out. Sounds like they are frustrating you quite a bit.
Wishing you all the best,
I do not as yet have a bow to hold as I still lack a violin. After watching some close ups of violinists playing I'm concerned about playing the strings with my left pinky moreso than holding the bow with my right. I intend to go to a store and look at and hold some violins to see how they feel hopefully sometime soon, and perhaps when I do I can take some pictures of my pinkies while holding a violin. Thank you for your time Fiddlerman, and have a great day!
I'm quite double jointed, too, and have short pinky fingers. You will be able to play the violin, but you may have to perform some gyrations to reach 4th position with your left hand - I have to bend my wrist (a no-no in most schools of teaching) to reach the note and then straighten it again quickly, but the strength is building and hopefully it won't be forever.
As for the bow hand - check out anything you can find about the Russian bow hold - it's similar to what you may end up being most comfortable with. At this point my pinky sort of floats over the stick and engages only when it has to, as with re-taking the bow quickly.
Don't get stuck on the traditional bow holds - many, many great fiddlers don't use a conventional bow hold and they still sound incredible!
Violin is one of those things that the "experts" believe should never change from the idealized classical image, both with playing and building, but I believe that there is always room for change and improvement and if you're not aiming to be an internationally known soloist, no one is really going to notice if you hold your bow differently or move your hand more than usual on the fingerboard.
Mary in Springfield, Oregon http://www.thefiddleandbanjopr.....dpress.com
One thing that I have been doing is using my first finger as well as my pinky and balance like a seesaw with my thumb as the base. Then go real slow on your bowing to learn when to apply more pressure. I'm not here to give lessons cause I have only been playing violin for a couple months. But keep doing stuff like that to learn what is comfortable for your hand to control the bow. What's comfortable for you may not meet a strict standard but if it's working for you....?
I have small hands and short pinkies, too.
I tend to lock my right pinky on the bow on the knuckle nearer to the root of the finger so it is almost at a right angle where it locks. When I noticed it, I "unlock" it. Hopefully I will get it eventually.
My other problem is my left pinky. When I use my 4th pinky, i am playing flats. If i want to play the right note, i had to shift my whole left hand down to the violin body a little, but then I had to shift back when I play other notes, then everythingis out of tune. I just read Oliver's post under another topic -- intonation, history?? I will try his solution to see if it works for me.