Violin Tip of the Day
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Today's Tip
Those of you who have been visiting this web site for a while know that I am a big fan of finger exercises.  The opportunity for me to improve my playing by using brief snippets of time, even while I am far from my instrument, appeals to me very much.

I was reading Alberto Bachmann's classic book,
An Encyclopedia of the Violin when I happened across this simple finger exercise.

Bachmann writes:
"
Lay the hand flat on a table, and then slowly raise the fingers, to let them fall back again forcefully."

This was one of those moments when I had to shake my head and wonder about myself.  I used an exercise similar to this for years, keeping the palm flat on the table and slowly raising one finger at a time.  When I got the finger as high as I could I would then try to raise it even higher five times, then I would slowly lower the finger to the table again.  I would repeat this 10 or 20 times. It's a great exercise.  But FORCEFULLY returning the finger to the table adds another aspect to the strengthening! And I might add that you could press the finger gently against the table while keeping the palm flat against the table for a count of three, five or ten, which would further strengthen the finger, wrist and forearm.  If you find that pain is caused when you press the finger against the table, relax the finger immediately.  We want to strengthen, not injure.

Another finger exercise from Bachmann tomorrow!
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