This has to be seen. I've been trying to figure out thumb placement by non-SR users for ages and am stumped because all you see in all videos is the view from infront or, at best from ontop. This one is different, you see it from the back of the violin. And what do we find that the great Kogan does? First look at 2.02 for a top view - he is nowhere near violin-body end of the keyboard but he has a flexed thumb. You can see this better from the back: 2.22 (and many other places)
3.41 is particularly illustrative as he is near the nut and the thumb is clearly right behind the neck. Some of these placements are associated with reaching fingering but others are with vibrato - and answers the question I really had in mind - how do you get a free hand for vibrato when working without an SR.
BTW this is a sensational video that captures Kogan's love of the music and truly superlative technique and musicality
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