Hi I’m Vi Wickam, and this is a [my] Talent Forge Quick Tip of the Week for your playing and your practicing!
So, the concept here is that your left hand and right hand are not independent. They are interconnected.
This doesn’t matter whether you’re playing violin, viola, banjo, guitar, mandolin, or piano. Your left hand and right hand effect each other.
If you have tension in your left hand, it will effect your right hand. And if you have tension in your right hand, it will effect your left hand.
So, a lot of times problems with one hand will manifest in the other side.
If I’m trying to work out a tune that has a really difficult left hand part, sometimes I will find that I am tensing up on the right hand because I’m so focused on my left hand- or vise versa.
If I have a part that has really difficult fingering, or really difficult bowing, I may tense up my left hand.
So, sometimes the answer is to relax the other hand.
If I’m working on a difficult part fingering wise, sometimes the answer is to focus on relaxing my right hand and the fingering will come easier.
Sometimes if I have a difficult bowing part, the answer is to focus on relaxing my left hand.
All of a sudden, my right hand will flow easier and be more relaxed.
Think about relaxing the other side. It’s not what you expect, but you will be surprised that sometimes that is the magic!
I’ll see you next week! Have a great one!