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    Texasfiddler
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    Is there an assistive device for the left hand that would help me keep my thumb next to the neck consistently?

    #13444 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
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    Hi JMC! I don’t know of any such device for the thumb. What is your thumb doing? One idea is to go to your neighborhood pharmacy and buy some cornpads . Put a cornpad on the neck of the violin where you want the thumb to sit. Then you have a marker and if the thumb wanders, you’ll be less likely to let it move around. Feel free to describe your problem and I’ll try to assist in more detail!

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    • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by  Dianne Adkins.
    #13574 Reply

    Texasfiddler
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    Corn pad is a good idea. I’ve been playing 6 years & recently hired a violin teacher who wants my thumb to fit at neck curve but I’ve always had at a position about where I would play an A on the G string with the tip of my thumb barely rising above the fingerboard.. It’s a minor thing. I’m trying to improve my accuracy to make I’m not flat or sharp from one day to the next.

    #13578 Reply

    Dianne Adkins
    Moderator

    If I understood your description of your thumb placement, you really do need to fix that, and corn pads might help. You could cut one in half (get the long oblong ones, not the perfectly round ones if you can) and use a semi-circle to guide thumb placement. I’ll tell you what I tell my students. Any portion of the thumb peaking over the fingerboard gets snipped with my scissors. A vile and horrifying image! But funny and makes it’s point. Ironic how my students fix their thumbs immediately and no more discussion is needed on the matter! ;P

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    Musicloverk
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    Would the adhesive on the corn pad potentially damage the finish on the violin?

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