Young student with sore fingertips

Elise Winters said: Aug 12, 2013
Elise Winters
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Austin, TX
37 posts

I have a student who is 8 years old; she is playing at Book 3 level. She just recently learned vibrato. She is complaining that her fingertips hurt when she vibrates, and sometimes when she’s doing ordinary playing. She has a lovely wrist vibrato with good finger flexibility; her vibrato appears to be correct in all ways, with no visible tension. She practices 45-60 minutes a day; she and her parents are relaxed, warm and open.

Although there’s no apparent injury to the skin, she and her mom have tried using Liquid Bandage to protect the skin, but it rubs off during playing. It’s not clear to me whether the issue is skin sensitivity, or a nerve … but it’s been going on for about four months (since she started learning vibrato).

Has anyone encountered this before? Is this developmental, or is it an injury? … and will it pass with time, or does she need to take a break from playing?

Thank you for any insight you can provide!!

Community Youth Orchestra said: Aug 12, 2013
Community Youth OrchestraViolin, Viola
70 posts

Is it every single finger?

Does she have a single hard callus on the tip of each finger, or a more broad rough area across the pads, or nothing at all?

Which muscle or group of muscles is she using to generate the vibrato motion?

You must log in to post comments.

A note about the discussion forum: Public discussion forum posts are viewable by anyone. Anyone can read the forums, but you must create an account with your email address to post. Private forums are viewable by anyone that is a part of that private forum's group. Discussion forum posts are the opinion of the poster and do not constitute endorsement by or official position of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Please do not use the discussion forums to advertise products or services