Snapping pinky new development
I seem to have recently developed the problem of a snapping left pinky, as described here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYwu4zdv1e0
I never had this problem before...I played violin regularly up till high school and now only play once a month or so for many years, but still never had any issues until recently. Just a few months ago, I started having my left pinky snap back uncontrollably when I lift it from the fingerboard. This usually starts after I have warmed up with scales, etc. When I pick up the violin and play my first scales, etudes, etc of the day, my pinky is fine!
Has anyone developed this new issue after having no problems for many years? Any other tips to get rid of it? Thank you!
How long is the fingernail on your pinky?
You may be pressing the pinky too hard, which could be from the way you are holding your hand, or could be another factor. If your pinky is tense, overextended and overflattened, then you may be losing the control that you would have if you positioned your hand in a way that allowed your pinky to be rounded at all times.
I had this issue -- big time -- when I was a teenager. For me, "over-straightening" that joint was the problem, and it would get "locked" or "jammed" in that position and then "snap" back painfully when I lifted it off the fingerboard. Maybe this is what you are experiencing? It could be caused by a slight amount of what is sometimes known as double-jointedness, but I am not sure.
The snapping pinky is a symptom that your left hand is not positioned properly. Briefly, your pinky base knuckle is too far away from the neck, but it is also related to how you hold your wrist, how you hang your elbow, etc. It is a tricky but very common issue. There are many threads on this forum that discuss this issue, search for "pinky" or for "fourth finger" or for "left hand position", or
It sounds like it could be a "trigger finger," which is a treatable physical problem. Google it. You should see a doctor for examination asap.
I looked up "trigger finger" and it's not what I experienced as a young person. If I think about how I was "careful", it's probably consistent with jean's advice about hand position.
I had a trigger finger in my left pinky, and the symptoms were like what the OP described. It had to be fixed by surgery, and that worked great. If I had seen a doctor earlier, I may not have needed surgery. It can be treated with cortisone injections and rest to let the inflammation subside.
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