Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premiere Sponsors

Fiddle Lovers Online

I just started playing the fiddle and my chording hand really hurts.

Posted by Dewey Smith on Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hello everyone, this is my first post.  I just starting play a few weeks back and my chording hand wrist  really hurts.  I just want to know if this is common.  It really hurt when I try to play the top strings, its almost like my wrist wont turn enough or my hand isnt long enough.  I have a chin rest, but i dont have one the rest that goes under the fiddle.  If there is anyone out there that could give me some pointers I would be very greatful.


7 comments on “I just started playing the fiddle and my chording hand really hurts.”

boxbow Says:
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @7:41:49 PM

My first guess is that you're very tense. I say this because it took me three years to loosen up, and I still have to stay very conscious of it. Don't drop the fiddle, of course, but don't strangle it, either. Secondly, do you keep a straight wrist or do you flatten your palm against the neck? I keep a pretty straight wrist as do most classical players and a lot of fiddlers. Many fiddlers pancake their wrist, and I don't know anything about the complications that might cause but I'm guessing it can be trouble for some. Finally, a few weeks of fiddling isn't very long at all. Still, you shouldn't be in so much pain that you're calling for help. Do you have an instructor? Even a single lesson might sort out some ergonomic issues for you. Fiddling can be expected to be a lot of things, not all of them happy-making, but it shouldn't be painful. Good luck to you. Fiddling has been the glue that keeps me from flying apart in the last couple of years. I'd hate for it to tear you up.

richdissmore Says:
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @7:48:00 PM

will you need to learn to relax and it takes time to strich things out this all takes time you may need a teacher this could help to show you what you need to do

richdissmore Says:
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @8:02:13 PM

i have the same trouble it is getting easer it takes a lot of time then one day you will be able to strich and play the notes you are haveing a hard time playing and it won,t hurt you need a fiddle teacher to show you the rigth way to play

Diane G Says:
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @9:27:59 PM

Hi Dewey. Welcome and I'm glad that you spoke up. First should not play if your having pain in your hand or wrist. I'm a teacher out here in SoCal and pain is a sign that your doing something very wrong. I would stop and rexamine your hold on the violin. I see that your young and if you continue to play in pain you'll wind up with some injury down the road. I would direct you to a couple of good teaching websites: YouTube has a good teacher, Todd Ehle, AKA: Professor V or his website Pay him a visit on the computer and follow along with him on the violin hold for the left hand. The first comment: play relaxed. Non tension is a rule of thumb for the fiddle in both the left and the right hands. Check out Professor V for basic violin hold and here's another good site for beginner, basic free technique. Get rid of the pain and start playing and having fun.....but do it so you wouldn't get hurt. Stay tuned. Welcome to the wonderful world of the fiddle. Diane in SoCal.

mudbug Says:
Monday, March 26, 2012 @3:52:22 AM

your use to string instruments that can use a lot of pressure to note the strings. You know how it takes less pressure on an electric guitar as opposed to an acoustic? Use very, very slight pressure on the fiddle string. Experiment with how little pressure you can use and still get a clean note.

Dewey Smith Says:
Monday, March 26, 2012 @3:21:11 PM

Thank you all so much, I will try all these things. I just posted this last night and I figured that i wouldnt even get a post. i think i am really going to like the site.

nancymae Says:
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @8:58:53 AM

Welcome Dewey!! There's alot of great and experienced people here...that make you feel very welcome! They helped me get through all my beginner problems! I'm at 1.5 years now.

Check out all the great references that people have said. Also, play in front of a mirror so you can see how your hand positioned. Your wrist should be in a straight line. If you could get a teacher, that is a great help, because he/she will be able to see right off the bat what you are doing wrong. Get one before you have to unlearn bad habits. I was 6 months into playing when I found my teacher and I still have to unlearn some stuff!! Also, since you are using muscles you haven't used before, do some simple stretching of your neck and arms all the way down to your finger tips before you play. Look online for "carpal tunnel exercises". These are great stretching exercises for your hand. And definately, loosen don't have to have a death grip on that fiddle! Good luck and keep on checking back! Welcome to Fiddle Hangout!!!

You must sign into your myHangout account before you can post comments.

More posts from Dewey Smith

Newest Posts

Click for Details 'Gospel Fiddle' 3 days

More >  

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories