I'm a fiddler and I'm getting a sharp pain in my 1st finger when I play a "low 1" on the E string -- that is, when I play an F natural on the E string.
In particular, I really only get the pain when I try to hold down a D and F double stop, with the F being my 1st finger (E string) and the D being my 3rd finger (A string). Oddly enough, I have no pain when playing a similar 1st-3rd finger pattern on other strings (e.g., holding B-flat and G is totally fine.)
The pain I'm getting is along the top of my 1st finger. It feels like I'm curling my 1st finger too sharply or something.
The three things I've been doing to stop the pain are:
1) Lower my hand so that my 1st finger is much lower than usual to the fingerboard
2) Put a large-ish gap between the side of my left hand and the neck of the violin
3) Turn my hand so that my fingers are more perpendicular to the fingerboard than usual
Anyway ... is this normal? What can I do to fix this? Are my solutions good ones or not?
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