Thursday, April 14, 2016

Left wrist violin hack

I received a comment last week about how to keep a beginner violinist's left wrist from collapsing, and I was surprised to realize I had never shared this trick!  It's pretty simple, and all you need is a rubber band (those are to violinists what duct tape is to everyone else!).

Pardon the blurry phone pics - I took these during nap time.  Step one - put rubber band on the scroll:



Step 2 - slip student's wrist through the band.  




It's important to make sure the band isn't too loose or too tight - just enough to give the student the feeling of pulling back slightly. Collapsing the wrist means the band feels tighter, so it's a good way to teach them to start noticing and correcting it themselves.  If you have any other solutions for this very common issue, share away!

4 comments:

Jane said...

I don't know what any of those things are but go you! It looks very effective.

Heather Miller said...

This is a great trick! I had lots of trouble with then when I was first learning.

Olivia Randall said...

Exactly how tight is the rubber band supposed to be? Yours may look slightly too tight that it's pulling your wrist back too much.

Master P said...

You're right! I would defintely use a looser rubber band that pulls on the wrist only when it starts to go into "pancake flat" mode. Rubber bands + Selfies makes for awkward pictures :)

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