Left Hand Pizz Causing Pain
Hellooo. I am practicing the Basque Caprice and everything is going good up until I reach the left hand pizz.
Description of Pain:
My 3rd and 4th fingers are experiencing an ache in the joints at the end of the fingers. It is not a constant pain, it usually goes away after a few minutes. Just to be clear, I don't have any pain on the skin of my fingertips, just the joints.
I'm not exactly sure how to solve the issue.I will admit, I've never done any left hand pizzicato exercises. The most I have done is slow practiced the left hand pizz section, but even then I don't feel like I slow practiced enough. Are my fingers just not quite used to left hand pizzicato yet? Are my fingers just not fit for performing left hand pizz? I'm also wondering if anyone else has had this issue or a similar issue before.
If you can't do it, play other things. I have lost my ability to do left hand pizz - as well as the ability to snap the fingers of my left hand audibly. I relate the two actions.
I think LH Pizz is the stupidest thing ever introduced into the violin repertoire. Not even Heifetz could make it sound good. It just sounds cheesy. It's a parlor trick that has nothing to do with musical content.
"Fingers just not made for LH pizz" do not exist in my opinion, except for special cases which I am sure we are not talking about here. LH pizz requires a left hand that is well trained, well positioned.
Yes Jean, I agree. I make use of the pizz-to-arco LH pizz commonly in orchestra. Usually my stand partner is aghast but that's their problem.
Make sure you are left hand pizzing by rotating the hand to the right and under a little bit - i.e. by using the rotation of the arm rather than the muscle of the finger.
Sussana yeah i can agree it's better.
Sevcik has exercises on his double stops volume, I believe. Also Ricci, on his LH technique book. It's just another technique. IMHO, a high level bow arm is more difficult to develop-it just so happens LH pizz is rarely practiced. Anyone can play them, though some develop great clarity and volume with them.
I would like to emphasize part of Jean's input:
Hmmm... I like LH pizz. Apparently I'm in the minority here on v.com. I try to spend a few mins a day on it, and mine has gotten a lot stronger and more reliable. Still not totally reliable, but its getting there.
I have mixed feelings about this technique. How you see or perceive it can really change according to where you stand(metaphorically).
Thank you to everyone that has replied!