"I'm so amazed by pianists," one of my students said to me earnestly, "they have to use both hands!"
I knew exactly what she meant, and I agreed with her, I do feel the same admiration for pianists. But I also had to point out, "We violinists use both hands, too!"
I always wonder, when one is thinking of the violin (or viola, cello, bass, even guitar) as a one-handed instrument, which hand do you mean? I feel like we would all have different answers. I also think that some of us struggle with one hand more than with the other.
For me, the left hand has always felt most intuitive - very likely because I'm left-handed. As a beginner, placing my fingers made sense, and "playing music" with my fingers felt right. Fingerboard tapes were not really necessary, my fingers were happy to follow my ear. It did take me years not to squeeze with the thumb, but that's another story!
Now, the bow hand? First, you want me to hold it how? And then how does this "straight bow" business work? Lanes on the highway? This took many more years and a lot more conscious effort.
Of course, no matter what, both hands take quite a lot of training to become adept at the strange motions required to play the violin. Which has been easier for you, the bow hand or the violin hand? Or do you truly feel you've had to work equally on each hand? Please choose what best fits your situation in the vote, and then tell us all about it. Is there anything that made one hand easier than the other? What have you had to do, to compensate for difficulties in each hand?
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