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Is it incorrect for my inner left hand to be touching?
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May 7, 2013 - 1:39 am
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My teacher recently told me that only my left thumb should touch the violin, and that my inner left hand should not touch unless I am playing on the G string. However, as I mentioned in another post, I have a tough time reaching as it is. From several videos I have seen, it looks like it isn't all that uncommon for the inner left hand to be touching.


Lately I have been practicing not touching with my inner left hand. It has thrown me off a bit, but I don't mind if it is really the way to go.


I really don't have a problem squeezing. It is really just lightly touching.



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May 7, 2013 - 3:57 am
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My inner left hand always touches the neck of the violin. It always has and probably always

Look at your teacher play. Do they always follow there own preaching?

So long as you are not grasping it it should be OK.

@Fiddlerman FM should be able to give you the definitive answer thumbs-up

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May 7, 2013 - 8:44 am
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two questions whose answers will determine if you have a actual problem vs a subtle technique difference that works for you.

1. Do you hit the right notes at the right time with little effort and they are consistently in tune?

2. Does your particular technique in question inhibit the performance of other techniques while playing?


Answer yes to the first and no to the second and no problem, answer no to the first or yes to the second and you have a real problem.


Without actually seeing your playing in action it is impossible to see whats up. Perhaps you could post a video of yourself in action.....

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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May 7, 2013 - 3:44 pm
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If You don't squeeze - then i don't think there's a problem. I think your teacher wants You to develope that habit to use later - for example when You want to play doublestops especially with open strings. Like open E+C(2nd finger on A) - if You touch E with inner part of hand - You'll get the squeaky sound. I think your teacher wants to teach You how to have the opportunity of avoiding itdunno

I don't know if i'm doing right or not (and my teacher doesn't say a word about it), but i play different ways - hand is not static - it will do what You want to do according to the particular tune.

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May 8, 2013 - 10:10 pm
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You can absolutely make contact with the inner part of your hand opposite your thumb. I do for sure.
As you mentioned, don't squeeze and there is no problem.

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