My 12 y/o son started playing violin in September of 2007. He was in our local Youth String Orchestra this past year and he was fill in principle in our Spring concert.
However, he has recently ( in the last 2 weeks ) developed a problem with playing 4th finger in first position. He has been playing 4th finger in first position for over a year and NEVER had this problem before. He does prefer open string to 4th finger though and chooses open over 4th. When he plays now he presses down on the bow too hard, and you know what that does. He doesn't have this problem in 3rd position at all. I had him play his recital song over the weekend and, until the fact that he hadn't practiced it in 6 to 8 weeks got the better of him, he did fine and played at least 2 fourth finger notes perfectly. He didn't even realize he had played them.
I am at a loss as to how to get him past this. His teacher has assigned him some simple songs that are basically for teaching 4th finger. So far it hasn't really helped, although sometimes the notes sound better than others.
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