I have been transitioning to playing without a SR for a few months, due primarily to not being able to get a position that stopped the neck pain that has plagued me for a decade of learning.
On my own 7/8 it was getting better in that I could cope for about 15 minutes. I needed a chamois roll or 1cm sponge though, and I still had tension in my left hand.
I'm using a baroque bow, and have my luthier organising to purchase a nicer 3/4 or 7/8 in Europe over the next month.
I've been usin my teachers second violin for about 5 weeks. From the start I found it was very comfortable with no rest, in fact it's impossible for me to fit anything between me and it other than the chin rest.
But - I still have intonation weirdness happening where I find I get hesitant or put the brakes on shifting up or back - it's like my brain is saying don't go that far, you'll drop it! The neck is varnished so that's also causing some stick in the muddiness for down shifts.
Some days I have complete relaxation and don't notice my left hand at all. Other days - today - my left thumb hurts almost immediately. I can't work out how to soften it for more than seconds.
So I guess my questions are
- is there normally this long a learning period to transition, now going for about 5 months and still in progress.
- based on my posture below, is there anything glaring I'm doing/not doing that is contributing to left hand tension.
- are there particular left hand things I should do in, terms of exudes or exercises I guess, things to keep in mind to teach my hand what to do every time?
- just how do you stabilise to get back down from a much higher position eg top of a 4 octave scale, there is a delay while I rearrange and re stabilise on the way down, at the first hand shift eg A down to E is okay but then shifting back for D and downwards is poor.
I don't have access to my teacher at present, or in fact since February, due to both of us having life issues. I can talk with her when she's back, but she's been away essentially since May. I'm only getting a couple of practise sessions a week of around 30-40 minutes. I made the decision to focus on current material, thus a rehash of Handel Amajor, as I'm really trying hard to get back to memorising the way I used to. So, sorry in advance for repeating a piece here.
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