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some people wonder if your thumb should be visible above the fingerboard. This depends on the length of your thumb and the shape of your hand. Dont let the violin rest in between your thumb and index finger without leaving a mouse hole under the neck of the violin. Comexpertswilliamleft-hand-thumb be sure to like this video! In this video, prof. The development of a well-balanced left hand and fingering action will free up your violin or viola playing and greatly increase your playing pleasure. There are three critical aspects to the position of the left hand in violin playing the thumb position, the hand shape, and the finger action. Here are two easy things i teach to set up a good left thumb or fix problems. They are the v position (the letter v from the alphabet) and the sunset thumb. The first thing, v position, gives the student a tangible way to hold the violin neck. First hold up your left hand without the violin where the left hand would normally go to play the. hey guys! Trying a more stream of consciousness type video because ive been focusing on my melbourne recital at the end of this week, as well as planning. when the left thumb is bent, it is almost impossible to achieve correct violin finger placement. The bent thumb in turn causes the mouse hole to close and the left hand to become misshapen. Now lets take a look at the picture below here is a close up of the left thumb. The violin is also supported, but not held tightly, by the left hand. The neck of the violin should rest gently against the base knuckle of the first finger of the left hand. The side of the thumb should lightly contact the neck of the violin across from the first or second finger. In low positions the thumb is placed across the index finger or middle finger. Left thumb is placed at the end of the instruments neck when playing at high positions. The wonderthumb slides on to the thumb and transfers the support of the neck of the violin directly down to the base of the hand. No need to squeeze your hand to prevent the violin from sliding down the thumb. December 13, 2019, 833 pm sometimes it feels like violin teachers are picky just to be picky. Straighten your thumb, bend your thumb, change the angle of your elbow -- what is this all about? Most of us can accept that good posture is a good thing and that bad habits are best avoided.