1. Does anyone use a full bow with a 3/4 violin?
2. Does anyone use a 3/4 bow with a 4/4 violin?
3. Do you have calluses on your string fingers? Should you?
4. Have you ever tried practising sitting on one of those inflatable exercise balls?
Thanks for reading, interested to hear your experiences :)
No to questions 1, 2
No to (1) and (2), yes, I have calluses on my left hand fingers, and I usually practice standing up.
I do not have calluses on my left hand fingers from playing violin. I think it really depends. I think calluses are neither good or bad; some people develop them more easily because of skin properties, rigorous playing conditions, and other factors.
1. Yes -- this happened with my older kid for a brief period as he was moving from 3/4 to full. If you can't play a full size violin due to your size, it is equally unlikely you will be able to get to the tip of a full size bow, though. However, sometimes it is useful to use the longer bow even if you can't reach the tip since there aren't very many great 3/4 bows out there.
1. Yes. Same reason as Susan's kid.
Three causes of calluses on the left finger tips. 1) Pressing too hard 2) Landing too hard; the fingers being raised too high between the notes. You can hear some players making popping sounds when their fingers land. 3) Not releasing the pressure when sliding or shifting. It also wears out the windings sooner. The violin has the lightest action of the string instruments; just try a bass someday. You only need to push the string down to the wood. Take it easy.
1 + 2: never tried
I will try and lighten up more on the strings. I like to hear that a full bow might be better. Thank you everyone :)