Let me explain, I have a very bent pinky. Apparently it's called clinodactyly. My hands aren't that small, but they're apparently smaller than most females who are 5'6 and have compared hand sizes with me in the past. Yet, all of my fingers are quite slender, but I do have a smaller palm. Yet, my pinky curves inward pretty drastically, enough so that even when reaching, my finger cannot move up the fingerboard anymore unless being held in place by an outside force. For that reason, if I wanted to have any hope of using my fourth finger without shifting a bit I would have to throw my entire left hand positioning out the window which is far more trouble (technique and pain wise) than just shifting to use my fourth finger when I'm in first or second position. This issue is pretty nonexistent in higher positions because the notes are closer together so I don't struggle at all.
I had lessons as a beginner and I've been playing for six years now, but when I was using my fourth finger with my tutors I was never told anything. (Maybe they were just inexperienced with this and how to approach it, or they figured they would wait until I was more comfortable on the violin to change it)
I'm curious to know if others have had this issue and solved it, and/or if there are any solutions for this that I'm unaware of, aside from pinky reconstructive surgery!Tweet