To Prevent Collapsing Wrists

Phankao said: Nov 2, 2013
 128 posts

My elder boy used to tell his little brother “don’t squeeze your violin fingerboard! It would be soooo hurt!”

I found a useful way to “remind” my littlest boy not to flatten his palm against the underside of the fingerboard. Using a Ruler.


Ruler. Pokes at the palm if it hugs the bottom of the fingerboard!

Image by Phankao Wan

I used 3M removable velcro tapes to secure the ruler. The ruler could be placed further out or a little closer to the violin box because it’s position is easily adjustable due to the velcro attachment.

Velcro Attachment

Velcro Attachment. Fastened with removable velcro tape

Image by Phankao Wan

I would take out the ruler to attach during practices when needed. After a while, we no longer needed the ruler reminder and after I hadn’t attached the ruler for quite a while, I finally removed the Velcro tapes as well. I was happy to be proven right that the 3M tape leaves absolutely no marks on the Violin Wood, Whew!!!!

Damage Free Velcro Tapes

Damage Free Velcro Tapes. Removable without Destroying the Violin Wood

Image by Phankao Wan

Well, just sharing in case anyone would find this easy-to-use tip useful!


Laura said: Nov 2, 2013
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Mancos, CO
107 posts

Thank you so much for this clever idea!


Phankao said: Nov 3, 2013
 128 posts

You’re welcome. I found this easy to put on, and easy to take off and keep the violin to close the case when we needed to bring out. Convenient to us. So just Sharing the experience! ;D

Deirdre Motherway said: Nov 12, 2013
 Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
5 posts

I tried everything to stop my 5yo wrist collapsing, velcro barriers, holding it down but nothing worked, it would always drift back. Also, the more barriers I added to the violin, the more rigid his thumb and hand became. At a suzuki summer camp in Cork in July, a teacher from Germany, told my little boy to imagine that his hand was a waterfall and he needed to keep it flat to let the water flow down. It helped a lot.
If his wrist does collapse now, I don’t adjust the wrist, I focus on this thumb, by keeping it straight and relaxed, the wrist will fall into the right place. We play a silly game with a toy parrot that squeaks, if his thumb slides sideways, i.e. pointing towards the scroll, (which causes his wrist to collapse), parrot squeaks. This he finds funny. It’s helped us a lot, before, I was adjusting it and he would freak out, if parrot tells him, he doesn’t mind.

Phankao said: Nov 17, 2013
 128 posts

Should stick a toy below the fingerboard that squawks automatically when his wrists touch it. HAHAHA!

Sue Hunt said: Nov 18, 2013
Sue HuntViola, Violin
403 posts

I love the idea. First, please check that the chin rest and shoulder rest are right for the child, so that it is possible to hold the instrument comfortably, without having to support it with the left hand.

Phankao said: Nov 20, 2013
 128 posts

Yes. Thanks! I’ve experimented to different Shoulder Rests, and the little one has a big center wittner chin rest. It works for him. And yes, he has no choice but not to squeeze the violin nowadays bc he can’t do proper vibrato by doing that.

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