I am 46 years old and am finally fulfilling the dream I have had since I was 15 to learn to play the violin. I have had two private lessons so far, with two lessons to make up by the end of May.
Currently, I am in the section of 'Orchestra Expressions: Violin - Book One' on finger patterns on the D-string. (I received a donated copy of this book, which is used by the local school district for violin students.)
I have found, and told my teacher, that it is anatomically impossible for me to reach the fourth position (with my fourth finger, of course) in order to play A on the D-string. For now (my last lesson was a bit rushed, because my teacher had to leave), I am playing A on the A-string and not in the fourth position on the D-string.
I am playing D (of course), F#, and G on the D-string, but I cannot come anywhere remotely close to the finger position for playing A.
Am I facing an insurmountable obstacle (stretching exercises do not help) or could my left-handed technique be flawed? (I will not have a private lesson this week, because my teacher is in rehearsals for a performance, so I will not be able to discuss this problem in depth with her until next week.)
I realize that I cannot adequately describe my left-hand technique in words, but I would appreciate any advice and/or encouragement. If I am having this problem on the D-string, I will have it with the fourth position on every other string!
Thank you, very much, in advance!
P.S. -- My 19th-century, German-made 4/4 violin has been in my family for at least four generations. It is priceless to me and I cannot afford to purchase a smaller violin (if any of you think, perhaps, that a smaller violin might solve my problem).
I feel as if my fourth finger is too short or that my skeletal structure will not allow me to stretch the distance between my third and fourth fingers properly.
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