How can I keep my right hand from getting tired when playing fiddle?
FiddleHed Maria asked, “My bow hand and pinky finger get tired quickly. What am I doing wrong?”
Relax the hand
- It should take very little effort to hold the bow with your hand.
- Form a gentle fist with the right hand. Release a bit more.
- Try lifting the pinky slightly when you play.
- Many old-time fiddlers always play with their pinky lifted.
- I teach a classical hold (pinky down) because it allows you to lift the bow more easily.
- It also makes you a more versatile player. You could learn other styles more easily such as classical, jazz, etc.
Practice Fiddle Yoga!
- Pause regularly to relax the body, mind and breath.
- Start by breathing and relaxing the body without playing.
- Then play a single note with this relaxed feel.
- Then play a to note interval with this relaxed feel.
- Then play Simple scale this relaxed field.
- Then play a simple tune with this relaxed field.
- Pay special attention to the right hand, or whatever physical process you want to work on.
- Return to this awareness of your body throughout a single practice session.
- This will make the practice sessions more enjoyable
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