Double Jointed Fingers:
I have double jointed fingers in both hands; ring finger, middle finger and pinky finger. it’s really annoying! i find it difficult to stretch my finger as it bends backwards and vibrato is quite difficult too. is there anyway i can fix these issues or does anyone have any exercises to help?
You could search the site for similar threads, or ask yo teacher.
I'd suggest finger strengthening. You could try the Handmaster Plus Finger/Hand Strengthener from sharmusic.com. It might help to build up the fine muscles in the fingers to help prevent the fingers from bending in the wrong direction.
I don't know if a hand strengthener is really necessary.
Strengthening the joins is, to my knowledge, a common solution for double jointed fingers.
hi Camilla, listen to Michael! Indeed, all the strength has to come from the base joints of the fingers, using muscles which Jeewon Kim on this forum calls the muscles to do a "one-handed clap". This implies that double-jointedness need not be a big problem actually, as all violinists need to take care they play with strength from their base joints with the actual fingers remaining very soft. So, as said by others, basically you need not do much differently than the rest of us, which is, taking care first of all of a good left-hand position, a good teacher and "The Violin Lesson" by Simon Fischer will help you with that, and for the rest the standard left-hand exercises, Schradieck, Dounis, trills, Kreutzer, etc. Please note I am not a teacher so may be corrected. But the gist of my reply is, it's just practicing like the rest of us. Perhaps someone who is NOT double-jointed can get away longer with BAD left-hand position and WRONG use of the fingers. But in the end if they want to do it correctly and play well they have to practice as much as you will need to do (and, I should add, have great fun doing so!)
At risk of practicing orthopedic medicine without a license; Hopefully a MD/musician out there will give a better answer; "double-jointed" is the common name for hyper-extension. The joint is not loose, but the ligaments that hold the joint together and prevent motion in certain directions are a little too long, loose. You Might grow out of it. For now, be sure to maintain a round left (and right!) hand, with curved fingers. Avoid doing those extensions that call for straight, ridged finger, your joints might collapse. For vibrato, make sure that the finger motion is as sideways as possible. Our fingers should be ridged in that direction. ~jq
Follow-up on that. "Strengthening" exercises might not help much, because this is Not a muscle problem.
Could you maybe post a picture of your hand frame so we can better help you?
i don’t know how to upload an image, but you know how you can bend a finger normally? it can bend that way, but backwards. yeah... kinda gross
You upload it to an image-hosting or file-hosting site and post the URL here. You can embed images, but it's kind of technical.
Jean, yes the motion comes from the base joints, but the arch of each finger surely has to withstand this?
sure Adrian, thanks for the clarification. in the meantime Joel has given the perfect answer for Camilla.
Hi Camilla. I know at least some of what you're experiencing as I'm also double jointed, though I'm mostly plagued by my left pinky function (once in a blue moon, my right ring finger locks up too.)
wow, thank you Jeewon. thats actually very helpful :)