My eldest son has been studying for his driving test. At dinner the other night he tested the family on what the proper hand position on the steering wheel should be. Full of confidence, my husband and I both said "10 & 2". Our son explained that the proper position is now 8 & 4 because otherwise the airbag has a greater chance of breaking your arms if it goes off.
Driving home from work the last two days, I have made an effort to hold the steering wheel at 8 & 4. It was much more difficult than anticipated. I was hyper-aware of how uncomfortable it seemed. Even though tons of people hold the steering wheel in the "new" proper position with no trouble at all, it just felt so wrong and unnatural to me.
Recently I left my violin teacher and am search of a new one. In the meantime, I'm working on fixing my left hand frame. I have the bad habit of keeping my thumb in a position that causes tension and prevents me from doing vibrato properly. My old teacher mentioned it on an infrequent basis, but never pushed the matter. Now that I have determined the cause of my tension, I'm hyper-aware of it. Just like driving, doing the "right" thing feels wrong.
He had no trouble passing that test the first time. Clearly it is easier to learn something the right way than it is to fix it after all this time. I have been driving a car for over 30 years the "wrong" way, but I'm confident that I can adapt to the new technology by holding the steering wheel in the new "correct" position. If that is possible, then it is possible to fix my left hand frame.
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