One facet of violin playing that has always troubled me is the weakness of my pinky fingers on both hands. My right pinky has the tendency to collapse and lock after several measures (and consequently inhibits many of the things I'd like to do with the bow) and my left pinky cannot press down the strings without collapsing at the middle knuckle. Recently, I have paid more attention to this problem and would really like to conquer it by the fall. I was wondering, did (does) anyone have this problem? What exercises do you do to strengthen your pinkies? Thank you for your comments!
Note: To my knowledge, I am not double-jointed in any of my fingers. I believe this problem arose when I first started playing: I have always been able to bend the upper knuckle of my fingers. I think I "took advantage" of this fact when I first learned to play and have taught myself to vibrate and hold the bow with the middle knuckle of my pinkies collapsed.
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