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Odd problem becoming problem
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February 28, 2012 - 7:10 am
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One of the many reasons I gave up playing years ago was I thought playing violin had broken my little fingers.  Seriously.  They're all bent and clicky.  The real reason for this is a clinodactyly - the middle bone of each little finger is slightly longer on the outside than the inside so the fingers curve inwards and it's really hard to use them.  It's not impossible though (I sympathise with the guy who talks about his fused wrist, that must be tough).


The reason I ask is that this week I am going to be starting some actual lessons and I was wondering if anyone knows of any tips before I start to minimize this problem so I don't look like a fool.  Maybe exercises to strengthen that particular finger?

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February 28, 2012 - 9:05 am
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The only thing I can think of, besides exercises to strengthen your fingers, is to keep them slightly curved at all times. Make sure you find the optimal hand position to come down almost on your finger tips but maybe a little of the finger fat and slight curves the whole way. Whenever fingers flatten out you loose strength.
Also, don't press more than necessary. Only use the pressure necessary to get the string on the fingerboard.

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