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HI Beth, you mention in this video that one needs to be hyper sensitive to NOT squeezing the thumb.....what if I do the piz exercise here with my thumb completely off the violin ? Are there any reasons why that might not be a good idea ? In the 3rd/4th position I feel very secure with the violin resting on my palm so don't really need the thumb.

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Posted: July 22, 2011
Last Comment: July 22, 2011

Posted: July 22, 2011
Thanks Beth ! :-)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: July 22, 2011
Eileen, I don't think that's a problem as long as your not tightening the thumb in it's pulled back position. If it helps you monitor the "squeezing" then I don't see any reason not to, especially if you're well anchored in 3/4th position.