I’ve had a huge breakthrough! Ever since I have been married, I have worn my wedding ring on my violin hand. It’s only been 2 years. I purposefully got a smaller ring so that I could wear it on my hand while I played the violin. Mysteriously my 3rd finger trills have become very slow the last few year. And in general things have been slower. As I delved into Bach Adagio this afternoon and I got to the first trill, I was disgusted with the slowness of the trill and decided to take the ring off and put it on the table. (Big decision) The difference is astonishing! It seems simple – gold is a very heavy metal. Even if the ring isn’t bulky, it still weighs down my finger and makes it difficult to flutter it quickly. But somehow I was obstinate and didn’t want to take it off… but since it makes such a difference I will from now on!
So now I need to figure out what to do with the ring while I play the violin. It can go in my secret nook in my violin case. I can’t put it on my right hand because it doesn’t fit right. It’s too small. (weird) So now I will always practice, play and teach without my ring. What a break through! I hope I can keep my ring safe.
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