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      castanu92
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      Hikerchic mentioned the left hand death grip on the violin. I also have a problem with that. My wrist starts getting really sore after a while. Anyone have any tricks that have helped them loosen their grip on the neck? I’m not using a shoulder rest at the moment but plan to get one. Not sure if that might be part of the problem.

    • #17723
      castanu92
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      To sort of answer my question. My kids told me i was “squishing the hamster”. Their orchestra teacher told them to visualize holding a hamster in your left hand and not to squish the hamster while youre playing. So surprisingly that has been helping me with my left hand grip. Hope that helps.

    • #22617
      maureen
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      Oh that’s so comical…”squishing the hamster” ?
      That helpful thought will be stuck in my head when I’m playing.
      I feel like we should make up a fiddle jig called, Don’t Squish That Hamster!
      Thanks for the great tip. ?

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