What To Do When Your Left Thumb Hurts When Playing Violin or Viola?

by | Nov 29, 2013 | Play Comfortably | 2 comments

Harold asks:

My left thumb hurts after playing. Especially with the viola. What should I do? I’ve been playing violin for almost 2 years and viola for six months.

In this video I will share 4 tips to solve this issue and play without pain:

1) Check the size of your viola
2) Do my FREE workshop Weight vs Pressure
3) Check the place of your thumb
4) Check tension in your thumb and if your thumb is doing to much

Is this video useful to you? Please let me know in the comments!



PS: Do you have questions for me on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to info@violinlounge.com


  1. rylee

    i have switched from violin to viola and since then my bow hand thumb had hurt is it normal should i be worried-rylee

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      You should find a way to relax your bow hand and use weight instead of pressure. Use the search function, because I’ve made quite some videos on that topic.


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