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    I just started using my left pinky on the fingerboard but when I do, my knuckle collapses.

    To help fix this, my teacher gave me some Schradieck etudes to try out and I found the following exercise:

    Anyone else have any tips on strengthening the left pinky?

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    Thanks for the tip Colin!

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    Dianne Adkins

    I had this same problem and I think almost everyone does. The back of the hand is naturally weak. Keep your left hand ‘pronated’ well around and keep the base of the pinkie as close to the fingerboard as you can. Sometimes when third finger is played, fourth finger curls up and pulls down, almost going under the neck of the violin. Don’t allow this. Every play of the third finger, the pinkie should snuggle right next to third finger. This should be relatively easy to do. A good exercise is just to trill from 3 to 4, holding 3 down. When this is easy on A and E, try it on D and G. Elbow under! Next do it again from 2 to 4, holding 2. Same procedure. Then, 1 to 4. then 0 to 4. Determine never to let the finger collapse no matter what you play. I made this decision my first year in college. In about 2 weeks, I didn’t have to think about it much anymore.

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    thanks for sharing! I have so much trouble with this. going to give it a try.

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    Daniel Ware

    If you go into the Blog section of this website, there is an article titled “Three Intermediate Exercises for Violinists”, which has an exercise (#3) that focuses on fourth finger.

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    William Bickerstaff

    I use a “Gripmaster” with a light tension and moving my fingers quickly for about 5 minutes a week for strength of the small muscles of the left pinky finger using the tip of the finger . I will definitely try what Dianne suggested to keep that finger in position.

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