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Hello Beth.  Firstly thank you for providing this excellent website.  I am an adult beginner and have had 3 months of weekly lessons but the information on your site is really helping to fill in a lot of gaps for me.  I am having real problems with my left hand in the first position where the first and second fingers are very close together.  I find it very difficult to get these 2 fingers very close - I don't have a problem getting this where the second and third fingers are together.  Is there anything you could suggest to assist/

Many thanks and kind regards


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Posted: August 11, 2011
Last Comment: August 11, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 11, 2011
Hi Janette, Welcome to Violin Lab, and I'm glad you're finding helpful information. The issue you are describing is very common. There have been several posts over the past couple of years from people who have had that very problem. In fact, I tried to play, holding the violin with my right hand, to "feel" what a beginner feels, and I experienced tension when using a low second finger. I think primarily it comes from the strain of turning the arm around. Hopefully in time, the muscles of your arm will stretch to where it is more comfortable.  I did make a video on this.  Search in the Library tagword: tension:left hand.  Scroll the results to find the video titled: "Tension when using low second finger".

I would like to offer more advice than what in the video, but I'm not sure what that is yet. I need to experiment a little more with my backwards instrument. If I think of anything else, I will certainly make a response video for you.