Sore finger tips
I'm learning violin from the scratch, it's just been 5 lessons so far and my fingertips have been sore and hurting very bad. I practice for a couple of hours everyday with breaks in between. I was wondering if the pain is a part of the learning experience or maybe an error in my left hand position or finger positions? Also, is there a way to deal with it? Thanks.
You may be practicing too much for this stage of your development. Also, you are probably pressing harder than necessary. Callus material develops on the finger tips and pads, but it is best to have it develop slowly rather than fast enough to be painful. When I started (generations ago) I was only 4 and for the next several years my practice-time goals were 30 minutes per day. Even with that limited schedule I still recall personal pride in the "string lines" that showed in my finger tips. At this stage you should pause or stop when it hurts.
Agree with Andrew. It takes time to develop those calluses. I have at times not played for a week or two and when I come back hard I can really tell that some of my calluses have gone away because the fingers become overly sensitive and hurts. But I get it back after a few days.
When I've been away from playing long enough that the toughness in the fingertips disappears, I hold my practice sessions to 20 minutes for 3-4 days after I resume playing, then increase the time incrementally till I'm back to 3 hours a day after 10-14 days.
Thank you for the advises! I think by reducing my practice time a bit as well as taking longer breaks, the calluses would develop at their own pace better and overall it would hurt my fingertips less. Also, I think I don't relax my bow hand enough because I get shoulder cramps sometimes while playing. Fortunately, I haven't faced cramped neck or chin sores yet and I will try to prevent them from happening in the future too.
Regarding chin sores: One device I started using at 18 y/o and haven't been without ever since is the Strad Pad. If you haven't used one yet, you might want to try it. They're quite economical, easily detachable, easily washable. Mine attach to the chin rest with an adhesive strip and Velcro -- very simple and quick.
Thanks Jim! I'm pretty comfortable with my present chin rest that came along with the violin but I'll still look up the Strad pad. Does the adhesive strip leave any glue residue on the violin? Because earlier I had to remove my finger position stick-ons and they had left terrible residues on the fingerboard. It was quite scary. Luckily, I found some helpful threads on here to solve that problem.
It's possible that you are pressing down harder on the strings than is actually necessary. If you experiment a bit, you might be surprised at how little force is needed to give a clear tone.
What is the value of your violin?
It gets better with time.
Why do you post this questionnaire in several threads on other subjects? I hate spam and will NOT answer your questionnaire because you chose to spam with it. Had you opened a new thread and explained what it is about and why I would have considered it....
I'm leaving this up as an example of what not to do. Bo is right, create a separate thread but don't spam other threads with something off-topic. Thanks.
OP: I'm going to reiterate my original question: what type of violin are you using?
I'm with Erik, are you using diamond-plated strings?
Thank you for your responses!