Solve your Pinky Problems on the Violin | Violin Lounge TV #494
Fix your pinky, so you can play in tune with a beautiful sound on the violin
Watch this video for some great pinky exercises:
Do you feel your pinky (left or right) is just to weak or short to play violin?
Violin fourth finger exercises
The best exercise to improve the strength in the weaker part of your hand (fourth and third finger) is to do left hand pizzicato exercises. It’s also great for the overall balance in your left hand.
You can start by just plucking the open strings with all four (left hand) fingers on all four strings one by one. When you’re a little used to it, you can do the left hand pizzicato exercise with stopped notes from the video.
Pinky exercises to bow smoothly
If you’re struggling to make a good sound on the violin, chances are 99% it has to do with your finger flexibility. With a rigid bow hold it’s almost impossible to bow smoothly and make a beautiful sound.
Practice the vertical, horizontal and circular movement your fingers make while bowing. I show them all in the video above. The bridge exercise, when done just with the pinky, is also very helpful to train the pinky more specifically.
Start doing the exercises with a pencil, later in the balance point of the bow and finally at the frog. Make sure you’re performing them fluently and relaxed.
Which violin pinky exercise worked best for you?
I’d love to read it in the comments.