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Posture

Posture is the foundation on which all technique is built. Posture affects every aspect of string playing. Bow hold, bow stroke, tone, intonation, shifting, vibrato are all affected by posture. Many students have problems with their posture that work against them as they try to develop technique.

Balance

Body balance is fundamental to proper posture. All movement is a result of balance. When students stand their weight should be evenly distributed between their two feet. Feet should be shoulder width apart. Student should fully lengthen their spine and stand tall. Slouching causes all sorts of problems with instrument holding position, and bow position.

Standing posture should be addressed before the student learns to hold the instrument. For violins, violas, and basses, student should learn standing posture before sitting posture to establish the feeling of being lengthened and balanced.

The biggest posture problems I see regularly involve balance - a student sitting with legs crossed, or standing with all the weight on one foot. The other big problem is slouching in the upper body.

POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

LEFT HAND POSITIONSHIFTINGVIBRATOADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS

 

 

 
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