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Hi Beth and Fellow Students,

This is a video, Day 01, of releasing tension in the left hand so that I am able to play low second finger.  I am following fellow students and the advice from Beth in her video: http://violinlab.com/videoLibrary/lesson.php?id=233  found in the video library.  I hope by the end of a week or two I will be able to progress with my studies on J.S.Bach's Minuet No.1. 

If you all see any glaring mistakes in my set up or in the execution of Beth's advice please let me know so that I do not have to unlearn a bad mistake. Cheers.


Ray
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Posted: August 6, 2018
Last Comment: August 9, 2018
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Barb Wimmer
Posted: August 9, 2018
That is good Ray. Good reminder- I am now practicing what you are doing- I tense up a lot. I sometimes just keep the thumb away like I am hitchhiking from the violin as I am playing, exaggerating and a little too extreme maybe for a moment to make myself realize when I am stiffening up and it is  time to loosen up. 

Ray
Posted: August 8, 2018
Thanks again, Elke.  Sometimes I don't seem to catch onto things very quickly.  

Elke Meier
Posted: August 8, 2018
Releasing the thumb in between does not mean that this is how you should play, Ray! It is just a method to make you aware of whether there is tension in the thumb and whether you are squeezing the neck. And it helps you develop a feel of how it should feel when the thumb is without this tension.

Ray
Posted: August 7, 2018

Ray
Posted: August 7, 2018
Hi Elke and Beth,


Integrated your suggestion into the practice today.  Extremely awkward, found out how tight the muscles and tendons are, in the left hand and arm, from the first finger knuckle down to the elbow.  Felt like there was no reference points for the left hand and at the time knew that my playing will improve once I work past the initial few days, like Bambi learning to walk on ice.


Thank you for the suggestion.

Nicolinette
Posted: August 7, 2018
Hello violinists
A technique that works well for me is to imagine that the left hand walks alone, ie cut off the wrist, it may seem bizarre, in fact it's rather funny, and it produces almost instant relaxation.
P.S. inspired by one of my piano teachers, who told us to imagine a hole (a void) in the wrist.

Diane, what is the video number of Beth's ?


Ray
Posted: August 7, 2018
Thanks for the great feed back and a couple ways for me to improve.  :)))

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 7, 2018
Nice observations Dianne and Elke. 

That's a good exercise for you Ray. Hopefully it will help you attain a quicker, more relaxed finger action.

Elke Meier
Posted: August 7, 2018
Ray, do you release your thumb every so often while you play? I didn't see it from the side, but you seemed to be hugging the neck rather intensely. That would prevent a relaxed playing...

Ray
Posted: August 7, 2018
Is see what you mean, Dianne.  Thank you.  

Dianne
Posted: August 7, 2018
Hi Ray, When I compare your hand frame to Beth's, and account for differences in hand size, what I think I see is that your elbow may be a little too far to the right.