The dreaded pinky finger
First of all, I would like to say how delighted I am to have found this site. I have made it part of my daily routine to come check out the various discussions and the wealth of knowledge that can be found here and its been a lot of help.
I just started learning to play the fiddle about six months ago with no previous music experience. Just about everyone I know told me I’m crazy since its such a difficult instrument, especially to start on. Despite the squeaks and squawks, I’m incredibly addicted! I found a good teacher near me who teaches Irish fiddle and have been taking lessons weekly for the past four months.
I think I’m making decent progress, although sometimes when I record myself playing it’s a different story haha 🙂. The biggest hurdle that I’ve yet to tackle is the use of the pinky finger on the ‘E’ string. I have small hands and I just can’t seem to stretch it far enough. My teacher has suggested that I shift my hand down to hit the note. I have tried doing this but I find that I end up fumbling or pausing as I try to get my fingers back into proper position afterwards. I’m wondering If I should be trying to stretch out my pinky to eventually be able to reach the note, or if I should continue to practice the shifting. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!