mercredi 12 novembre 2014

Achieving Perfect Violin Hand Posture

By Ora Dickson

Mastering instrumentation relies heavily on whether you will master the correct posture. This leads to better balance which is crucial when playing any instrument. It allows even distribution of weight when you stand. Shifting, bow stroke, intonation, tone and tone, among other aspects, are affected by your violin hand posture.

It is crucial to achieve balance in order to lengthen the time you perform or practice. The distance between your right and left foot should be shoulder-width when standing. This is the right pose to lengthen your spine and ensure that you stand tall. A professional pose keeps you off fatigue and allows you to play longer.

Slouching is dangerous because it will lead to very serious problems. The issues that arise out of slouching affects how you hold the instrument and your bowing position. Students are advised to practice under the instructions of a professional. Where this is not possible, a mirror will do the trick. It is necessary to identify the professional pose before perfecting it with the assistance of a mirror.

Students are encouraged to focus on the desired position before learning to play any instrument. Capturing basic skills is important in the mastery of skills as you seek to become a professional player. The standing position captures the essentials and should precede the sitting position for any instrument. The other aspects of achieving professional level are easy to attain with a proper pose.

A standing position gives you a feeling of a lengthened body. It also makes it easier to achieve necessary balance when playing the instrument. Balance is considered the biggest challenge when students are learning instrumentation. Its importance cannot be over emphasized.

Learners of violas, basses and violins make a common mistake of crossing their legs during practice or performance. It is common to see others overburdening one foot by using the wrong position. The aspects that will suffer due to wrong positioning include the length of bowing, finger movement and duration of practice or performance. You will easily get tired during performance. Slouching is another mistake that mainly affects the upper body. Any skill, and especially instrumentation, is easy to master when the basics are right.

The trick to achieving a professional pose is to consider musical instrumentation as a physical skill before anything else. Emphasis is on achieving the professional position during initial sessions or for the first month. This will be followed by the central role of sound in instrumentation. The rush should not be to learn the first song at the expense the correct pose.

Some professional violinists advocate for weight shifting if the session is long. It allows the right leg to carry slightly more weight and later shift it to the left. This is done by placing it slightly to the front. The shift happens during breaks to avoid interfering with sound production. You will remain relaxed over the duration of the performance.

Achieving the right position makes it easier to learn the other skills. The maiden songs, that are the primary focus of most parents and teachers, will be easier and rapid to get. This is the easiest way to master advanced skills. It forms part of the basics upon which all the other aspects are built.

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