3rd position question

3rd position question

3rd position question    22:48 on Monday, June 11, 2007          

(28 points)
Posted by nengshin

Hi, I am now practicing my scales in the third position but i am having difficulty. When i try to play all the notes, my hand and wrist hurt. Is it normal for beginners to feel pain or does it mean that i am not doing it the right way?

I would appreciate if you could give me tips on this. Thanks.

Re: 3rd position question    09:07 on Friday, June 15, 2007          

(44 points)
Posted by violinist92

Your hand and wrist should not be hurting, especially since you are only in third position and hardly any unusual bending of the wrist is required.

You have to find out what you are doing that is causing your pain because if you continue it you could eventually end up with tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Both are severe and painful enough to force you to stop playing the violin altogether, and that would be terrible.

Is your wrist straight? Sometimes having a bent wrist will cause pain in the hand and wrist. Make sure your hand and fingers are positioned right. I would also suggest going to visit a physical therapist and ask him what are the best stretches for the wrist and hand.

Re: 3rd position question    10:12 on Thursday, June 21, 2007          

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Posted by mosshorn

That is strange indeed. I love playing higher positions instead of first just because it is more comfortable! lol but just make sure you're still using the proper technique with your wrist and all, because I could see people trying different ways of holding it in higher positions and ending up in pain =P

Re: 3rd position question    05:27 on Friday, June 22, 2007          

(28 points)
Posted by nengshin

Yeah it happens to me, but not so much painful anymore. Do you have like a picture how my hands should look like in the third position? I think whats causing the pain is my thumb becuase of the strong grip on the neck/fingerboard.

Re: 3rd position question    10:20 on Sunday, June 24, 2007          

(3 points)
Posted by jcwjcw79

My my my, there should be no pain at all when playing any position. What you may be experiencing is something caused by incorrect posture and incorrect holding of the violin. If you are taking private lesson or being taught in a group setting, I would suggest that you take this up with your instructor. I have found that many violinist play in pain due to not playing in an ergonomic way. Every violinist has a different body structure and that calls for the violinist to adjust so that they are playing comfortably in every position. I hope this advice helps you out.

Re: 3rd position question    18:33 on Wednesday, July 04, 2007          

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Posted by brian777999

you should not be gripping the neck of the violin at all.the violin justs rest lightly in the left hand.get your teacher to show you.THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.there should be no pain at all when playing.

Re: 3rd position question    18:41 on Sunday, August 19, 2007          

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Posted by theTromboni

When I started, it hurt alot, but that was because I was tryng to reach it without moving my arm. whenever you do anything new, there will probably be some initial discomfort, but not pain.

Re: 3rd position question    16:54 on Monday, November 19, 2007          

(29 points)
Posted by darrendog1480

I would try to make sure my thumb is always in the right position, and that it moves with the shift. That could cause pain too if the hand is stretching. It will also help you when playing harmonics from third position, or doing any other extension, as bringing the thumb along is very important for good pitch. So try to develop the habit now.

Re: 3rd position question    12:35 on Thursday, November 22, 2007          

(104 points)
Posted by Darragh

It is quite strange that it hurts your hand-especially because your only in 3rd position. You might want to check with your teacher if you are doing the technique right. Otherwise you'll just have to get used to it!!!


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