That's FANTASTIC! 🤗
A week of that & hopefully you'll be all set!
I know there are people who play with only a couple fingers, but I think having all of our fingers touch the frog allows for more refined control - ultimately what most of us want!
I wish I would've known about this earlier. I'm still thinking of throwing the rubber band on for a little bit, just to feel it, because it is hard to remain conscious of the bowing fingers while playing.
Thomas, you are playing SO WELL!!! I really appreciate you took the time to show me this!
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I wish I would've known about this earlier. I'm still thinking of throwing the rubber band on for a little bit, just to feel it, because it is hard to remain conscious of the bowing fingers while playing. . .
@ELCBK Heck, I'm using it--I'm intrigued by how it is increasing my awareness of all my fingers on the bow while I'm playing. Showed it to my teacher and another one of her students. I plan on keeping it on for a while. Great tip!
Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.
Very good, I like it.
I have a somewhat similar problem, but with my left hand. I often find my pinky extended almost straight out while the other fingers are curved over the strings, just as they should be.
I somehow developed this bad habit playing mandolin and it has carried over to fiddle. The left hand unfortunately does not have a convenient place to attach a rubber band. I did try to place a rubber band over the knuckles of the pinky in a closed position, but that made it nearly impossible to use the finger.
So I’m still waiting to find somebody who had a similar problem and figured out a way to fix it. Gosh, I can’t be the only person on the planet with this issue!
Don't think your left hand issue is uncommon.
I had similar issues with my pinky. I wanted it hovering close over the strings, but it got in the way or stuck out, so I ended up curling it up to prevent having any stiffness.
Like anything else you want to change:
- you become aware of the problem
- you notice it while you're doing it & correct it
- you catch yourself before you do it wrong
- after you think it's fixed, check back periodically to make sure
It usually takes me at least a week of pretty intense focusing to change a habit, some are stubborn and take MUCH longer.
You can do it!