I've only been playing for a few months now (after a 6 year downtime), but even with regular practice I can't seem to tame the unruly 4th finger on my left hand. What happens is it locks up, mainly at the first joint, which wants to bend backwards instead of curve. And when I try and curve it by force, the second joint locks up and makes quick movements near impossible.
My teacher said the locking was due to undeveloped muscles, and that they will strengthen over time, but the problem now is my wrist has also begun to hurt (I'm unable to bend my hand forward without extreme discomfort). So, I was wondering if any players here have any exercises I can do that will strengthen my 4th finger without involving the violin?
I read back in the archive and saw the mention of Chinese baoding balls, but is this the only alternative?
Even though I won't be the next Perlman, I still want to continue to get better, so any help is duly appreciated! :)
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