However, while my bow arm is pretty advanced and can effortlessly shape and mold to color each note, my left hand just kinda sucks.
If you saw my bow arm and hold, you might think, “That’s a decent player,” but when you add my left hand, “nevermind.”
While I am able to play in tune +/-1 cent (I focused intensively on intonation for the last month) and can hear and adjust, it just doesn’t come easily or quickly as my right hand development.
With my right hand, I can learn new strokes almost in a matter of seconds.
Learning hand shapes for double stops, extended finger stretches, fourth finger etc. always just seems like a daily uphill battle. By learn, I mean be able to accurately reproduce multiple times.
Shifting for me is fine.
One day, my fourth finger stretches to a perfectly in tune E. The next, it can barely reach Eb. I don’t know it it’s connected, but when I get frustrated and ‘attack’, it’s suddenly good again!
I do etudes daily. If I’m short on time, I usually prioritize left hand development. I’ve been working on Mazas and recently started some Kreutzer.
I practice my etudes slowly and make sure every note is perfect. From a month ago, I’ve made great progress, I think, being more aware of stuff like anchoring and spacing.
It’s a really slow progress however compared to my bow arm. I don’t yet feel the freedom with my left hand as I do my right. I could for hours just play open strings, but am easily frustrated with my left. Comparatively to other players at my level, my left hand might be fine, but it’s incrediblely frustrating for me.
Being able to get my left hand to the same level as my bow arm would really be great.
I feel a lot of it might just be a mental issue (like over thinking).
Is this a normal problem?
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