Hello musicians out there :)
I sometimes have slippery fingers, making it difficult to balance the violin with my left hand (I play sans shoulder rest), which leads to very narrow vibrato and sloppy shiftings.
My hands are not dirty - they actually feel too clean, hence the slippery feeling. My bow arm isn't affected though.
Any suggestions? :/
Would the problem be solved if you.........used a shoulder rest? Maybe? Possibly? Especially since I do not think the violin itself could cause your hands to be slippery and we do not know exactly why your hands are slippery. I personally can not imagine trying to balance the violin with my left hand.
I sometimes do play with a shoulder rest, but it's still slippery. I don't have that "secure" feeling.
Maybe you should find a new chin rest and shoulder rest that fits your physique?
Do you have a varnished or an oiled neck?
Honestly I don't know.. Is there any way to tell from a picture? (The link should work)
What if you used a light dusting of chalk on your hands? Or maybe wipe your hands using the cloth you clean the rosin off with?
Eat chocolate before practicing holding it in your left hand. If it does not help. try some honey. Match the colour with that of rosin you use.
..but remove the honey from the base of the index to allow vibrato?
The neck looks oiled. In this case I dont see much poosibility to improove from the violin side.
Seriously though, we can try to fing a hand position which supports the violin: "holding it up" rather than "holding it", i.e. depending on balance rather than friction.
There's wisdom in the chocolate/honey suggestion because they both raise body temperatures which should facilitate perspiration, serving as a hotfix to slippery (often dry) hands. I have really dry hands too (to the point where my bow falls out of my hand and sometimes it's hard to do a vibrato without my finger shifting up and down the strings) but that never resulted in sloppy shifts or narrow vibrato--mostly because I go for the amplitude I want anyway.
Thanks for the all the suggestions, I will look into the "food solutions" :)
Indeed the CR-SR combination has to be just right, or it will create more problems than it solves.
I lost my SR during a wedding over the weekend and just nudged it out of the way and continued on my way.