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For Violin Students of All Ages
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Today's Tip
Strength training for a violinist's hands may seem like a natural thing to do, but is it helpful?

Yes and no.

We have talked about flexibility and a violinist's hands, both left and right.  And that is very important.  Another aspect that I would like to address is the strength needed to play the violin.

Frankly, it seems to me that strength training in itself may be counterproductive, if be strength training we are enlarging the hand perceptibly.  What is more important than strength training may actually be endurance training.  We want to be able to use the hands for long periods of time with little or no diminishing of ability.

That is one reason that I believe we need to establish reasonable practice times for young violinists.  They are not only learning the instrument, they are also developing the ability to play for longer periods of time!

Does that mean I think young children should practice past the point at which they are actually making progress in their assigned work?  Probably not!  But once the student has reached a point where practice is no longer productive it may well be the time to spend five minutes doing bow games!

So exercising the hands is a great thing.  Building strength at the expense of flexibility is a bad thing.  Building endurance is wonderful!
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