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    Keira Vensel
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    Hi everyone!
    I’m Keira and I’m a teen girl living Pennsylvania. I’ve played violin for going on 8 years and absolutely love it. I’ve taught myself how to play guitar (YouTube is a wonderful thing!) and I know a little piano. I also do song covers on my YouTube channel so go check me out if you’re into that with this same name.

    I started cyber school this year, transferring from public school for personal reasons and because I don’t have an orchestra to play with anymore, I went for a long time without putting actual practice into my violin, except for worship at my church (which isn’t that hard because I play the melody or the base note for chords). I’m looking to get back into at least practicing 3 times a week, even if it’s 10 minutes of fixing my left hand pinkie position (my pinkie doesn’t like to press straight down and shifts to the pad of the finger instead of the tip – if anyone has any advice for me on how to fix that, I’d appreciate it!).

    It’s nice to be in this community and I look forward to learning from all you wonderful musicians!
    Keira – Over and out!

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    Joanna Johnson
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    Hi Keira!

    Great to see you in the community! I’m glad to hear you want to start practicing more. Even 10 minutes can make a big difference.

    There are a couple things I can recommend for your left hand pinkey without actually seeing your hand. First: make sure your wrist is staying straight. Then, check that when you put your fingers down on the fingerboard, they all stand tall and square. Try drilling your pinkey very slowly. I would start on the A string putting down one finger at a time and then lifting them up one at a time. A-1-2-3-4-3-2-1-A. Once you put a finger down keep it down until it is time to lift it. So when you put down your pinky, 1,2,&3 will still be on the fingerboard. Once you are able to do this exercise several times in a row keeping each finger on its tip, then move on to A-1-2-3 4-3-4-3 4-3-4-3 4-3-2-1-A. You can do these with or with out the bow. Start slowly!
    Let me know if you have questions. If you want to post a video in our Video Feedback forums, one of us can take a look at it and give you advice.

    Hope this helps!

    Joanna

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