Many here starting to learn Violin, Viola, Cello
are at a very 'young at heart' age,
but we're feeling older in places!
😉 😁 😉
Thought it would be great if anyone has any suggestions to help us adjust,
make playing easier, as our body's change with older age.
💥 My skin is more delicate - difficult to keep hydrated and more easily damaged.
Using a non-greasy moisturizer has been suggested elsewhere... and my fingertips do best with a tiny amount applied several times a day.
💥 My finger pads have really thinned, lacking cushion. It can effect how I place my fingers on the strings, but also a huge problem with my bow grip, my thumb.
When my hand was relaxed, it would slowly creep up the stick - I would catch myself squeezing to prevent that. I didn't realize a solution for my problem until my most recent bows - which I've used, WITH GREAT SUCCESS, since last May! The difference? A narrower space between the frog & pad! For me, it's best to have the frog touching the pad when the hair is loose - so when I tighten the bow hair, it's the perfect space.
My suggestion, for people like me, or maybe even for little children, is extend the pad toward the frog (or have it moved) - so the edge of your thumb has the perfect spot to nest while maintaining a proper curve.
💥 Think it's important we remind ourselves that every muscle that is not absolutely essential to a task - needs to remain relaxed! Don't need extra muscle/joint strain.
@AndrewH & @Gordon Shumway -
💥 I don't think I've ever thanked you both for recommending (elsewhere) to move the left thumb away from the scroll - more across from the middle finger (instead of the 1st finger) for better reach with the pinky. I never used to pay much attention to where my thumb rested, up and down the fingerboard, until recently.
I have been making an assertive effort to do this... and it helps! Let's my poor old hand stretch differently!
THANK YOU! ❤ THANK YOU! ❤ THANK YOU!
I would love to hear about things that have helped YOU! 😊
...don't worry Kitties, I'm not THAT old, yet!
Think I understand your point of view - learning the correct way from the start IS best.
Even though I can get my elbow well under my violin and place my thumb where you suggest - after 2 years I still can't twist my arm/wrist enough to reach well (I do still try), it's very painful. Surgeries, broken bones/poor healing may just be an issue for me.
I believe there's alternatives for almost everything - was looking for suggestions to help work around some age-related problems older adult beginners might encounter, instead of having them getting frustrated to the point of dropping out altogether.
Don't any of your late starters, '65 & older' students have ANY issues?
...not that I'm ever going to quit. 😊
I want to thank you for your input here. I may seem obstinate much of the time, but in the back of my mind - I keep working on what you say.
Thank you for giving me reason to revisit what is going on with my thumb on the neck!
I've been working on ways to have it better positioned underneath more & it's been very helpful. 🥰