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Tightness when playing on the G string
Some stretching exercises I found
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January 30, 2020 - 9:56 pm
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I have always been a bit uncomfortable  playing on the top string of the fiddle.

So I looked around for some stretches on you tube and found these, some of the other youngsters crossedfingerswho participate on the forum might find them help full.


Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons


January 31, 2020 - 3:01 pm
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"See, you move the arm like this * crack * did you hear that....??"surprisedyell

At least the hold is now permanent. Let it regrow....said the violin teacher never.smileviolin_girl

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February 4, 2020 - 10:25 pm
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I’ve been doing Howard’s exercises for some time now, very helpful.

Gordon Shumway
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February 5, 2020 - 10:10 am
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Don't make the mistake of assuming yoga is risk-free - my aunt did her knee serious damage doing a reverse warrior pose or something. If it's not painless, don't do it!


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January 10, 2021 - 12:00 am
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I think this is a great thread, worth reviving, especially now with the new beginner members that have joined us (good for us older folks, too).

I've been searching for more in depth stretching help for my fingers and wrists. 

I'm going to give this a try (very carefully). 

"Finger and Upper Extremity Stretches for Musicians" from the Physical Therapy 101 YouTube site. 


I had surgery on both of my wrists 40+ years ago and just recently realized the problems that causes me while playing the violin (and I don't recall being offered/recommended physical therapy post-op). 

This Ain

Btw, there's many videos available that are supposed to help us understand the proper way to stretch our hand to reach notes. 

Trying to remember to always stretch my hand from the higher pitched note to the lower (on 1 string) is ridiculously difficult for me, when my target is that higher note!

So frustrating!


- Emily

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January 12, 2021 - 5:48 pm
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Thanks for posting this! I’m practicing strengthening my fourth finger at the moment so I think these exercises will help. Just seen a video on pressing down the fourth finger with the right side of it on the string so it makes the curve. Must say mine is pretty flat so I’m going to try it ! 

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