left biceps tendon repair and ability to reach across fingerboard

November 20, 2019, 1:13 PM · Hello, figured I'd tap into the communal mind here for this obscure question.

I'm looking at getting either a tenodesis or tenotomy on my left bicep. I've had a tenodesis on the right already. If any of you have had either a tenodesis or tenotomy on your left arm, how did it impact your ability to reach notes on the fingerboard, strength issues, anything that affects being able to play. Thanks.

Tenodesis is when the bicep tendon is cut, then anchored into the humerus. Tenotomy is when the biceps tendon is simply cut.

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November 20, 2019, 1:46 PM · I don't know about the surgery, but can you adapt to playing with the right side of the violin lower - in other words so that playing the E string your bow moves almost vertically?

In his waning years Ruggiero Ricci had some favorable things to say about this and thought Paganini might have used this technique. There is a video set that includes it.

November 20, 2019, 2:57 PM · Yes, I second playing with the violin more tilted, and also, you can play with your scroll a little more in front so your left arm doesn't have to twist quite as much.

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