I am doing basic daily vibrato exercises and am really starting to get confused about the basic left hand position. My joints closest to my finger tips are fairly flexible and I can get a very good swing when I hold the violin in guitar style- the left thumb has light, static contact, movement originating from my shoulder and/or wrist, but there is absolutely no contact from the index finger side of my hand in this position. Obviously this is really comfortable because the violin is held firmly with my right forearm and the left hand plays no part in supporting the violin at all. When I'm in normal playing position, I can't really come away from the neck with my left hand.
I think most violinists have learned with some constant contact with the index side of the left hand on the neck, right? But I've seen Menuhin's 6 lessons video and he advocates absolutely no contact, ever. This seems like an impossible way of learning how to use the hand frame in a position versus the way Galamian advocates using the contact as a sensory reference.
I meet with a teacher/ accompanist and she almost never touches the neck. She can't really explain anything about why she does what she does.
So I'm just wondering how many of you out there do one or the other and how you'd recommend doing the most basic exercises the way you vibrate? For those of you who have static contact, do you find you come away when you're vibrating or is there still some contact? Less contact? About the same?
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