I think I've let things sag some, so I've been playing with my violin touching at the joint crease or above. I've been consciously raising that a little, so the violin now rests just below the crease. It does feel better: easier, lighter fingering, loose feel to vibrato production, easier shifts. I have space between the neck and thumb webbing no matter what, good arm & elbow placement. I never "squeeze" laterally. Also a correlary question: I have one double-jointy student who has that index-knuckle shelf thing going on, but everything else looks in order, so I've been leaving it alone. Would you suggest I prompt her to straighten that out? Thanks, Sue
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