Pinky during octaves
My daughter complains of the E string feeling like it’s cutting her pinky when she does octaves. When she gets into the higher registers, does she have to press the string until it touches the fingerboard? Any other suggestions for octaves? We do lessons via online because there are no teachers in the country where we reside. Makes it difficult. Haven’t really gotten specific helps from her teacher. Thanks
She will get used to it, but the skin must have time to adjust.
Like Buri and Emily said; you do not have to press the e string all the way down to the fingerboard when high on the E. It is essential also to have the e string height at the proper measurement.
It might also help to press the string with the pad of the finger so you have more flesh rather than the extreme tip, and yes, no need to press it fully to the fingerboard.
Mr. Zukerman sounds excellent playing octaves.
It is worth noting that there is are occasions where you should press the string firmly down on the fingerboard; these are when you play pizzicato on a fingered note. If you don't press the string into contact with the fingerboard then the pizzicato will sound fuzzy, or not sound at all.
Don't fully press down up there. Also, she can try using her third finger more, because it is thicker, so it can withstand more string-hurt. Also, in the higher registers, the physical distance between octaves gets smaller than lower registers, so the use of the third finger will naturally compensate for this change. As I grew physically, I found it to be beneficial to use my third finger for octaves anyways, because my fingers grew longer.
Thanks for the great replies!
Also, in the upper positions the angle of the fingers to the strings changes, so that the third finger actually does reach farther than the fourth.
It is even possible to practice with a bandaid. Feels a little weird, but I could even perform with it, when I had an injury, once.