Lora Staples - beginning violin and fiddle expert

Pinky Builders - Excercises for your pinky finger

How to increase strength in your little finger.

In this video, Lora teaches you an easy way to increase the strength, reach, and flexibility of your pinky finger.

Released on February 5, 2014

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Comments, Questions, Requests:

Lina Soares on May 16, 2018 @3:13 am PST
I would like to have a printed sheet for finger exercise on violin. I have completed book Essential Elements book 2 in violin and would like exercise my 4 fingers on them thank you
Edward Tan on June 3, 2017 @11:07 pm PST
Thank you.
Gilby Pereira on September 23, 2014 @2:30 pm PST
Ciao Lora , complimenti per i tuoi video !!! Sei fantastica e metti molta passione in quello che fai !!!! Mi sono da subito colpito e attratto a seguire le tue lessioni per il modo semplice delle tue espletazioni . Che fa sembrare possibile suonare !!!!!! Io sono un cantante lirico corista e vi è venuto questa passioni per suonare il violino... Spero di farcela !!!!!!! Sono alle prime armi .... La mia domanda è : devo mettere molta pressione sulle corde per immettere un suono ?.. E l'arco anche ?
Karen Wenzel on March 29, 2014 @4:24 pm PST
This is helpful for me teaching 2nd - 3rd grade violin class that meets once a week. We began using 4th finter about a month ago.
What would be some other finger strengenthing exercises? Even bow arm/hand relaxing and or strengthening?
Thank you, Karen
Lora * VSM MEMBER * on March 31, 2014 @11:30 am PST
Hi Karen
You sound like a wonderful teacher, seeking out good resources for your students!
I know Virtual Sheet Music won't mind if I share my youtube channel with you. It has tons of helpful videos on topics like left hand speed and dexterity, keys to tone production, equipment maintenance, left hand posture, and much more. Find it here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RedDesertViolin
Also, your students might benefit from my online lessons. I have lots of teachers sign up for my lessons just to get some ideas on how to present difficult concepts. Find out more here:
Thanks for watching, and I will see what I can do to add more goodies to this video library!
Karen Wenzel on March 31, 2014 @10:18 pm PST
Simone * VSM MEMBER * on March 5, 2014 @3:57 am PST
very useful, thks
Carole * VSM MEMBER * on February 5, 2014 @7:39 am PST
My pinky broke in an accident and is nearly healed. How do I continue to practice with 3 fingers?
Lora * VSM MEMBER * on February 6, 2014 @8:21 pm PST
If your pinky is nearly healed, can you start to use it with the others? If not, then it is a good time to work on FINGER INDEPENDENCE. Try to play 2-finger patterns, avoiding pinky. Here is my FAVORITE, and it develops ring finger independence which is HARD. If you are on the A string, it would be C#,D,C#,D,C#,D,C#,D, then play C#,D# also 4 times. Then play the reverse of that: Play D,C# 4 times, then D#,C# 4 times. DO THIS WITH NO MOVEMENT FROM YOUR PINKY, and it will benefit your left hand technique until your pinky heals, then you can do these type of exercises with all 4 fingers. Also very important: Make sure you keep your hand relaxed. For some reason, we want to clamp down with our hand when doing this exercise.....it is just a mind over matter type thing! Take care of that pinky! Be patient!
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