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Two steps forward, one step back... today is a one step back day. I've recently begun to add vibrato practice back into my routine and it has thrown into question my fundamental violin hold. In the video I talk about three alternatives that I have been experimenting with.
1) The "classic" approach that I seem to see often where the fleshy part of the end of the thumb is placed under and somewhat to the side of the neck. This for me is extremely uncomfortable, unstable, and is the most likely to lead to choking the life out of the neck of the instrument.
2) Place the fleshy part of the thumb between the last tow knuckles under the neck. This is much more comfortable and stable than #1 and is much less prone to squeezing. However, during string crossings and other circumstances this often reverts into #3.
3) The neck rests on the fleshy part of the thumb, just below the 2nd knuckle. Not in the crook between the thumb and index finger but actually on top of the muscle at the base of the thumb. This is extremely comfortable by comparison. I can reach all the strings, including my Low C, I can shift easily. I don't squeeze, and I can even make some sort of vibrato-like motion.
So, is there any good reason to not go with #3?
If some other video angle would help to demonstrate, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for having a look and any advice or observations you might have.
@Joe for the non virtuoso, symphony hobbiest there are few rules you must abide by. There are some techniques that work better than others, approaches and efficiencies but few actual rules.......and those are more like guidelines....(like Pirates of the Carribean "Parle")
Rule 1. Be relaxed
Rule 2. Have fun
Rule 3. Play for your own enjoyment
Rule 4. Dont let anyone or anything muck with rules 1-3!
If it works for you and you can make it sound right, on time at a tempo you like, Im good with it too!
"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.