Cant reach the G string
Tagged: G string
February 20, 2020 at 1:12 PM #82130
I have gone through the starter lessons on here, but I can’t reach the G string with my index finger no matter how I hold the violin. Do I just need to stretch my hand a bit? Any ideas?February 20, 2020 at 2:05 PM #82131John (BGD)Keymaster
Hi Nathan, one common problem is that you are pointing the violin in front of you instead off to the side. Also, you may need to cock your elbow forward. Does this help? If not, upload a video of your playing to YouTube and post the link here. JohnFebruary 20, 2020 at 2:55 PM #82132cricketParticipant
Can you hold it down like a guitar or ukelele and see if you can get your finger where it needs to go and then gradually put the fiddle up where it’s supposed to be and see if your finger can stay put? Not sure I made myself clear.February 20, 2020 at 3:02 PM #82134
I am holding it to the side. If I cock my elbow forward I can reach it, it feels tight in my shoulder.
If I hold it like guitar then move it up I can keep it there.
Ill practice for a while and see if it gets better.
Thanks.February 20, 2020 at 5:24 PM #82144
Hi Nathan –
This youtube may help.
# 5 may be the answer.:February 20, 2020 at 5:48 PM #82145Steve SraderParticipant
Nice video Nancy !February 20, 2020 at 8:06 PM #82162
BTW: Rather than clicking on the red box with the white arrow – click on his picture at top left of this youtube – and It will go his youtube(s) Mix.February 22, 2020 at 9:56 AM #82195
Thanks, Nancy, that did it.March 10, 2020 at 6:26 AM #82534MoonShadowsParticipant
Thanks for this video @Nancy Parker
It helped me too…I’ve adjusted my hand against the finger board. This not only raised my fingers to be able to hit the G string better, but it improves my ability to play using my fingers tips (rather than “pads”), which in turn improves my intonation.
JimJune 27, 2020 at 5:33 PM #84989
Hi all, I am having the same issue reaching G 1st position. Watched the video which helped with some other issues, but I have small hands and short fingers…still can’t reach! Am I doomed?June 27, 2020 at 9:14 PM #84992
Leah – Have you considered dropping down to a 3/4 violin?June 27, 2020 at 10:11 PM #84997Steve SraderParticipant
Maybe if you could do a short video so we can see what you are doing I does not have to be a tune just show us your hand and violin position so we can see and better advise you on how to better get the G string , the way you hold your violin can make it hard , to far in front of your body to level there are lots of things that can make it hard !July 3, 2020 at 11:25 PM #85068JohnParticipant
That’s a great video Nancy! I’m making four of the five mistakes! Do I win?July 4, 2020 at 3:42 PM #85072
Appreciate the help everyone! the video was great but I am doing everything correctly and still having to stretch. Maybe it will work out as I progress. Not giving up!July 5, 2020 at 7:43 AM #85073cricketParticipant
As Steve said, if you could make a video to show maybe somebody might see what needs to be done. You might even see it for yourself if you watch the video…lol.July 5, 2020 at 5:06 PM #85078
John: Did you get #5 right? If yes; you win 🙂July 5, 2020 at 7:52 PM #85084lisabParticipant
I am SOOO glad I’m not the only one! Nancy, thank you for the video. #5 helped me as well. I can reach C on the G string in 1st position, but 3rd position? I can’t seem to get the 4th finger down. It was also beneficial like Jim mentioned, I also need to start using the finger tips, instead of the finger “pads”. Definitely improves intonation…July 6, 2020 at 9:26 AM #85095
Leah: This is just “a long shot” . . . How long are your nails on your left hand? They should be real short in order for you to get your fingers in correct position over the fingerboard. If you can’t get the nails short enough with clippers; finish up with an emory board and gently file them back a “wee-bit” more.July 6, 2020 at 12:43 PM #85100
Hi everyone, sorry it took me so long to get this done! Here is a video of my short fingers. Just making this video made my wrist hurt to twist it that far. As I stated in the video, I am holding the violin to my left side and my elbow is in line with it too. Short nails. Here’s the video link – https://youtu.be/pg4CUtmfjc4
July 7, 2020 at 8:05 AM #85138
- This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by leiah.
Hi Leiah –
Maybe your wrist, arm and elbow are not in position for your fingers to reach the G string.
<see youtube below>
Go to 10:00 on the timer.
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