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Three Points of Contact


On the violin and viola, many teachers advocate the left hand always having three points of contact with the instrument -  the thumb, the fingertip, and the base joint (knuckle) of the index finger. These three points of contact, together are important for reliable intonation on a string instrument. Paul Rolland discusses the contact of the base of the first finger in The Teaching of Action in String Playing (p. 112). He writes that the base joint of the first finger helps to steady the violin "by offering gentle and flexible support." This support should never become a grip. The thumb and first finger should never squeeze the neck. This will hamper the ability to play with vibrato, and restrict shifting movements.

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