To stand, or to sit?
This will be a simple answer for a pianist or cellist, but for us violinists and violists, we do have a choice.
Of course, when one plays in an orchestra, that usually involves sitting. The soloist tends to stand, as does the jazzer or pop musician. (Some also dance and do back bends, but that is another topic!)
Recently, I attended a chamber concert for a group called Kaleidoscope, in which all the musicians who could were standing, and that added some nice energy to their performance. I also enjoyed a memorable concert several years back for the Baroque group, Tafelmusik, in which they actually walked around the stage and played by memory. The Emerson String Quartet has also taken to standing in recent years.
When we practice, we have a choice. Standing can be good for posture and for exercise. But, it also can be tiring. If you are practicing long hours, you might need to sit for some of that. Sitting might also be necessary to accommodate physical difficulties.
Do you sit, stand or combine the two when you play? Please share your thoughts on the matter, and if you play in any groups that stand to perform.
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