Ten Minute Technique: Left Hand Tension II

Okay, this one is actually fifteen minutes, but we are all working on ways we can improve!

This is the second in a series of lessons that explore some of the common elements in left hand tension, discomfort, and difficulty. This lesson brings awareness directly to functional properties of the hand itself.

I have found that many upper string players struggle with speed and efficiency due to varying degrees of hyper-extension in the fingers and antagonistic relationships between flexion and extension, combined with unhelpful destabilization in the wrist and compensation for lack of finger flexion through wrist extension. Here will look at ways to explore stability and neutrality in the wrist while finding fast and powerful movement in the fingers through the folding and unfolding of the hand.

The second half focus on exercises in chromatic patterns that we can use to elicit coordinated flexion throughout the whole hand.

I hope you find something new to explore!

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