Survey: Finger Length
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Updated June 19, 2007

Here is a photograph of the beginning violin student who has long fingers, taken from a perspective where you can see the thumb. Isn't the thumb too low? The problem is, if I have him move the thumb up to the more normally expected position, the fingers are not in any workable frame.

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Number of responses: 32

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Notes & forum comments:
• Several teachers, myself included, teach more than one instrument, e.g., violin and viola.
• DVS: Looks great to me, just needs to tickle the neck on the pointer side a little. (International Music Teachers EXchange)
• EL: It's just right given long fingers. The bend in the knuckles of the fingers show that this is correct for him. (IMTE)
student with long fingers

student with long fingers

student with long fingers




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