LOOKING FOR LOCAL (45431) VIOLIN TEACHER TO HELP WITH BASIC LEFTHAND TECHNIQUE!!
I've been stuck in the trenches of trying to play one string without touching the other strings, which seems impossible, so much so that I had stepped away from the instrument. Now my niece wants to learn music and violin specifically from me and my back is against the wall.
Does anyone know a local violin teacher willing to work on diagnosing and fixing this issue?
(about me: 29yr old, basic knowledge of music theory, taught in suzuki books to book 3 with Hrmaly scale studies for backup. good at piecework, anxious performer, horrid sight-reader.) stepped away about two years ago.
Looking for morning sessions as I work afternoons and evenings on a chaotic schedule.
Enquiries can be made here or to my email Robertfloyddavy@gmail.com
That sounds more of a right-hand or bridge angle issue. As long as there is adequate finger pressure and the bow is touching only that string it shouldn't matter if the finger brushes against the neighboring strings
A +1 to the advice Christian gave above. Get her started correctly or she too will give it up.
Check the way the bridge was cut. If you can provide careful photos there may be some luthiers on here who can look at that and tell you whether there is sufficient arch in the bridge.
Thanks so much for all the responses!
to Christian Lesniak: thank you for taking the time to make a detailed post! For the record I agree completely, which is why most of the curriculum to start would focus on the universals of music (music theory, rhythm, ear training, proper posture, flexibility in the hands, wrists, and shoulders, how to hold, tune, and care for the violin etc.) I'm just so worried that if she doesn't get some progress she'll drop music as a whole which hurts my soul to even contemplate.
To Paul Deck: I had thought it might be something about the instrument as well, whether its the action on off the nut or the bridge. I'll see what I can do, though I'm no professional photographer.
To Stephen Brivati: That's an elegant way to teach the concept. Seems like it'd be pretty powerful too, depending on how much you focus on it during the session.
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