Fat fingers on strings
Good day all:
I have been playing violin for quite a few years now. When I play, my finger pads slightly touch the strings that are not used. This has not caused any problems with my playing so far.
Recently, I wondered if all players with fatter fingers do this.
To experiment not touching any other strings, I placed the tip of my third finger on D string (G note), and tried bowing G, D and A strings separately. I only get a clear sound on 2 of the 3 strings and not all 3. Either, the pad of my finger touches A string or if I adjust it, my finger nail touches the G string. I have done this experiment very slowly and meticulously, still I cannot get a clear sound on all 3 strings. Any ideas?
You can make, or have made for you, a new nut and/or bridge in order to increase the spacing between the strings. I did this on one of my fiddles when I wanted to play intensely chordal music such as Bach solos.
You'll find some useful help in this important little discussion:
Trevor, do you know whether or not Perlman uses a custom set-up?
Jiggle & Wiggle!
Perlman doesn't need a special setup because he has gradually adapted from early childhood. Adult beginners and even returners, we just have to figure this out. Andrew Victor is right, you just have to move them around so they're not in the way, sometimes up and down the fingerboard for intonation purposes, sometimes side to side so that and open-string double-stop doesn't whistle, etc.
Trevor, yes the modifications could cost some money all right; I did the work myself. (I forgot to mention that you might also need to replace the fingerboard with a wider one). As for it being awkward for others that use my violin, screw 'em, it's *my* violin! (It's actually an easy adjustment to make). My new spacing is 17.5mm center G to center E at the nut, and 36mm at the bridge.
The limiting factor for increasing string spacing, as far as I can see, is the ability to execute a one-finger fifth.
You can't widen the fingerboard without increasing the width of the neck - and that is a major bit of work. Also a wider neck than the standard can be injurious to many players' hand health.
"You can't widen the fingerboard without increasing the width of the neck"