This might seem like a very stupid question, but when you play, does your left hand support any of the violin's weight? I find it difficult to hold the instrument between my shoulder and my chin without supporting it with the thumb of my left hand.
Also, i think i tend to hold my left elbow too close to my ribs, but it's the only way my 4th finger can reach the strings without the left hand losing dexterity.
I don't want to develop bad playing habits, i know how difficult they are to get rid of. Currently i don't have a shoulder rest, and i'm not quite sure how to tell if the chin rest is placed correctly.
Thanks to everyone who can give me some helpful tips on this.
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