pinky pain help!
Hey all, Lately I have been working on double stops and they overall have gone pretty well. The only problem is when I play double stops with my pinky and another finger it gets really sore (up in my knuckle)! I do not want hurt my pinky as I work toward college auditions! I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I can only play double stops for a few minutes before it starts to get sore!. PLEASE HELP!!!!
My violin teacher is generally okay with finger pain. I would adjust your hand position so your hand is spread out more along the fingerboard and your fingers are more over the fingerboard.
" My violin teacher is generally okay with finger pain."
Fatigue is one thing, "really sore" is an alarm that something is clearly wrong and you need to stop doing it. I would avoide practising double stops for a few days and gently ease into it by playing slowly and lightly to see if you feel fine.
Just to clear it up, my teacher is completely against arm pain or shoulder pain etc, but she says minor finger pain is mostly a sign of being stretched out, I think. You should stop if you're in any pain, however, and come back in a few minutes.
"Really sore" means something is wrong. I agree with Yixi to take a break from it. My feeling about vibrato is different from Marc's. I wonder if trying to apply a little slow vibrato to your double stops will help you gain a sense for how hard you're already bearing down on your fingers because you can't vibrate when you're clamping. Maybe try this with slow scales in sixths first and then thirds.
Also, vibrating two notes requires less weight in, more weight into the actual vibrating pulse, since the hand is tilted toward it's centre of mass by being held by two adjacent fingers. :)
What I ment to say (sorry for my sometimes unclear statements) is not that she does not need vibrato but that she does not need to push the single fingers forcefully. I do see this quite often.
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