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Ferret
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Hi All

Since starting the violin (and as of tomorrow the viola) I've only been using three left fingers. I've not been using the fourth because it's a bit of a reach for me and my left little finger strength is a bit low. If it had the same strength as the right one it would be OK

Are there any exercises that can help with this?

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Barry Nelson
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start on one string and work your way through all four with this exercise. Start on an open string and bow each note 0-4  and back. Use a electric tuner if needed to watch intonation.

Speed isnt the focus right now, you want to train that pinky.

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Barry said
start on one string and work your way through all four with this exercise. Start on an open string and bow each note 0-4  and back. Use a electric tuner if needed to watch intonation.

Speed isnt the focus right now, you want to train that pinky.

+1 to what Barry said. Reach with the viola will be even more of an issue than on the violin for you, but "getting there" will be worth it. I typically will play a fourth finger note rather than the next open string, just for the exercise to strengthen my pinky, as well as working on intonation. 

It's a work in progress...

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