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Eileen
Hi Beth ! When you and Colleen are discussing the "death grip" in this video, you mention how a lot of students have a tendency to grip and want to "push" the violin "UP" to counteract the pressure of the fingers on the fingerboard. I find that what I do instead is to grab and "pull DOWN" on the neck of my violin without realizing that's what I'm doing. I notice it when I take my left hand off the violin and the neck moves upward. Why do I do that....and....how do I make it STOP ?
Eileen
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Posted: January 14, 2011
Last Comment: January 15, 2011
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Eileen
Posted: January 15, 2011
Thanks Beth ! I'll do that. I most likely have a posture issue as I have to keep reminding myself to stand up straight. I tend to lean into my playing, but in a bad way I think.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 15, 2011
Eileen, I don't think that's inherently a bad thing or a problem. If you just hold your violin and reach with your left hand and pull down on the scroll, you see that it is quite movable. The fact that we're supporting only one end of the violin means that it is likely that we "pull" down when we add any kind of finger pressure. Mine does the same thing. My scroll dips. The best way for me to keep the scroll higher is to stand up straight. Try paying attention to your posture (chest high) and see what you think.