I have extremely small hands, can barely reach an octave (7th) on piano with fingers and thumb completely extended, no bend in fingers or thumb. Realizing now that this is probably contributing to my difficulty relaxing my left hand. I’m thinking that focusing on learning higher positions better may help, since the distance between notes is shorter. Wish I’d realized this when I was younger! I learned a bit of 3rd position then, but got overwhelmed and avoided it because I didn’t see any purpose to it except on the E string and preferred the sound of pieces focusing on the lower register of the violin spectrum. Then it seemed like a lot of work to learn new fingerings. Now, after learning some piano, it doesn’t seem so overwhelming, but I know it will take some work. Am I the only one who needs to know the reasons for changes in order to stay motivated to make them?