When you practice, remember that you are seeking flexibility, agility and lightness in your left hand more than strength.  Don't use more force than necessary to press down on the strings.  Once you have pressed the string down sufficiently to produce the right note and the proper tone, more force is only causing stress and tension. We're looking for quick fingers, not Superman's forearms!

That being said, there are major advantages in strong hands as well. Especially if that strength comes with speed, flexibility and endurance.  It takes strong hands to play a 30-minute concerto!

Don't Miss the Video At the Bottom of the Page!
This is a great practice reminder.  A refrigerator magnet that frowns before practice, but turns into a smile when your student turns it around after his practice and proclaims "Practice Done."  Click either picture to have a look.
Finger Fitness Complete Hand Workout (DVD)
Hand Exercise Products Are a Great Way to Work on Your Playing Even When the Violin is Miles Away!
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Finger Fitness Power Web Jr. Hand Exerciser Medium
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Violin Tip of the Day - March 15
* Violin Tips for Practice and Rehearsals.

* Violin Technique and Exercises.

* How to Care for Your Violin.

* Inspiration and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers, or
   Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Violin Tip of the Day -- Violin Student Central -- February 1
Today's Tip in a Nutshell:
Sometimes Less is More. Use only the
     pressure that is necessary!!
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