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    Laffesta
    Participant

    As I’ve just started and don’t wish to make mistakes that will need a hard correction in the future…
    As far as I see, the main weight of the violin body should be carried by my head. The thumb supports the body of the instrument just a little bit. The rest of the fingers hang freely ready to be put onto the strings. Can I touch the back part of the fingerboard with the area between the thumb and the 1st finger and maybe with this finger’s part which is the closest to the palm? Or is it completely inadmissble? I’m trying to avoid this touch while playing open strings and pressing them with the 1st and 2nd fingers. But when it comes to the 3d one it becomes harder not to touch the fingerboard at all.

    #3606 Reply

    Mariko
    Participant

    Good question Laffesta. I’m also a beginner and I was wondering the exact same thing. Should the space between the thumb and the first finger be touching the neck or should there be a space between the neck and my left hand at all times?

    I’ve noticed that when I maintain a space between the neck and my hand then the positioning of the fingers is easier but it also feels less stable. So, I don’t know what’s best…

    Who can give us advice on what the correct position of the left hand is?

    #3610 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Good questions guys! The inner-part of the hand should be touching the fingerboard on the other side of the thumb. The hand should be touching about where the nut is (the elevation at the back of the fingerboard)–many students have the hand too far even with the thumb and it actually needs to be back where the nut is.

    left-hand contact points

    The key to left-hand posture is to lightly touch the fingerboard with the inner part of the hand as you want to be able to easily slide when you start to shift. If you have a light touch, your hand will remain mobile when it is time to shift. This touch is important as it helps you feel how far to go for a shift, just like the feel you have as your thumb moves. Between both of these points of contact on the fingerboard, you will be able to know where you are going, and develop muscle memory with distance. To just land shifts in mid-air is not consistent and virtually impossible (this is what you would be doing by not touching without the inner part of your hand).

    Regarding what is going on underneath the fingerboard. The hand should be placed to where there is a space between the thumb and the inside of the hand. There shouldn’t be contact there at all (think of this as two eyebrows that you don’t want to connect). The only light-contact you want is for the thumb and the inside of the hand to feel where you are at on the fingerboard on each side–that’s it.

    No contact area

    Don’t go uni-brow! Hope that helps.

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    #3626 Reply

    Mariko
    Participant

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you so much for your clear explanation!! The pictures are also very helpful. 😉 I’ll get started with your tips today!

    #3894 Reply

    LAlaniz
    Participant

    I’ve watched the chapter 6 videos on the angle the left fingers should be at & how you keep them in place to reach each note without moving your whole hand. I’ve also watched the video on 4th finger placement without moving your whole hand. I am having trouble reaching the 4th finger note without moving my hand out of position. My hand is also moving out of position when I use vibrato. Any suggestions to help keep my notes in tune? Thanks

    #3895 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    If you haven’t been working on this new technique for more than a few weeks, then sometimes that is the reason for having trouble. It takes time for the 4th finger to develop flexibility once you are in the right position. My suggestion is continue to focus on the fundamentals and don’t change the two most important things–keeping the hand back and the hand high.

    There is a good chance you are grabbing the fingerboard too tight still as I see that bad habit all the time. You should be able to easily slide the hand up and down the neck with ease. If you are clamped to one area, then the overall tension might be what is making it hard to stretch far enough for the 4th finger.

    Any chance you could post a video or picture? I can really give you some good insight then.

    #14188 Reply

    momoftwingirls
    Participant

    Today, I am learning how to place my left hand on the violin strings properly. It is not that easy and will take some practice. In fact, I will have to buy some stickers from Michael

    #14426 Reply

    This was EXTREMELY helpful, as I too, am a lefty. Thank you for your great instruction.

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