Beginner: locking pinky on bow
I'm an adult beginner, and I know it's very important to get the bow hold down. Problem is, my right pinky locks up. It bends at the first joint closest to the nail, but the joint close to the knuckle won't unlock unless I use my other hand to break the lock. This doesn't happen on my left hand, but I'm right handed :-) I wonder if my pinky is shorter than it should be? Any help would be appreciated!
It is one of the THE universal problems, and one that will prevent you from mastering advanced bow strokes and fast playing. You must find a way to relax the pinky and keep all the joints bent.
I cannot disagree with Scott Cole's advice, but since you are and ADULT beginner I have to ask:
Thank you both for your replies! Both tell me not to give up :-) I've retired, and my goal is to play for myself. I want hear music coming from my violin, that I was able to bring forth. Such a small goal :-) From there, I'm hoping to perhaps get involved with others like me!
I have had the lifelong problem that the pinkie on my LEFT hand has a joint that can "lock". Once that happens then it happens more easily the next time, and it's a slippery slope which becomes kind of painful. I have learned to control it -- but I do have to still be careful how much I press down on it, which affects somewhat my approach to shifts, vibrato, etc. I cannot do those things with abandon if they involve pressure on my fourth finger -- I have to do them carefully.
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