Milstein: violin neck somewhat sinks into the palm, wrist bends inward (towards nose) and fingers are nearly parallel with fingerboard. In other words, he plays with a lots of finger pads on the strings. Pinky often flattened. Overall look of the left hand is relaxed, comfortable and self-assured.
Zakhar Bron: hand folds as though he is holding a rubber ball, and the fingers are almost like kneading the ball when they move on the fingerboard back and forth. Fingers are well-curved and the violin neck sinks into the palm. Overall look of the left hand is relaxed, comfortable and self-assured.
A-S Mutter: violin neck stays quite away from the palm, i.e., there is lot more room between it and the area between the F1 and the thumb. Fingers are quite vertical and wrist sometimes slightly sticks out, especially during vibrato. Overall look of the left hand is not so relaxed (kind of ‘calculating’ or tiptoed).
Whether the above observation is accurately described or not, you’ve got agree with me that how they position and move their left hands are very different. I wonder about the significance of the difference in relation to the quality of the sound and intonation, etc. Personally, my intonation has improved when I change from the more Mutter-type to Milstein-type. I yet to try the Bron style. Not sure it’ll work for me. I’d love to hear your comments.
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