Proper Seat For Practice
Is there a type of seat that works best for seated playing of the violin?
I'm presently using a chair with arms and I tend to rest my left elbow of the chair arm. This is probably a bad habit to start. High stools feel clunky. I don't like it when my legs are dangling.
Maybe a shorter stool?
I suggest practicing standing, but if this is difficult, buy a music chair.
Thanks Lydia, I'll check into these. My first impressions are it looks like the chairs in the practice studio I attend.
Any chair without arms, doesn't have wheels and is the proper height for you should do the trick.
I always stand while practicing because I seem to concentrate and play better.
Sure beats playing while falling from a plane.
Practicing while standing is much better for your posture, but as a temporary fix if standing is difficult or impossible, any straight armless chair will do. Those chairs Lydia linked to are great but expensive. I've used dining chairs for quartet rehearsal, in a pinch. A piano bench works well, too.
Lydia, I've had that exact chair on my Amazon wish list for a while now. They make essentially the same chair with four legs, lacking that flexibility feature. How do you feel about the flexibility? I'd love to know from people who've used them, before I drop my $249.
Dining chairs I have! Thank you Mary! Ella Yu, thanks!
Mark, the flexibility is what really makes the chair worthwhile. Sitting on it feels much more akin to standing, in terms of your freedom to move and maintaining a good posture. Not having front legs on the chair makes that possible.
Thanks Lydia! I think I'll go for it now.
I'm not terribly picky, but I do insist on a chair without arms. You could just start there. :)
I'll play standing or sitting depending on what's more convenient at the time. You could argue, I suppose, that playing sitting down is good for orchestral pieces; after all, you're going to be sitting during the concert. I confess that I do occasionally rest my left elbow on a chair arm if it's present.
I tried using a rocker but people listening complained about Doppler effect.
try a kneeling chair. It is also good idea to alternate between standing and sitting every 30-50 minutes.
I use a regular kitchen chair without armrests. Works fine, even helps me to actually improve my sitting posture. You know you're slouching when the bow hand hits your knee, lol.
I practice seated because where I practice the ceiling is only 7' and I have destroyed two bow tip-plates. Fortunately they were repaired inexpensively. Here is what I sit on, and I really like it.
"rest my left elbow of the chair arm."
I either stand or use my piano bench.
I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who has used the chair arm as an arm rest while playing.
Symphony orchestras actually have special chairs for playing, and they do make a difference: They are pretty simple, with a straight back, modest cushioning, pretty much a flat seat.
Best chair depends on your body dimensions. I have long arms, ing legs and a relatively short torso (getting shorter every year). So I have to be sure that when I play violin or viola sitting down my bow hand doesn't hit my right thigh or knee.
Like Paul, I use a collapsing piano/guitar bench: portable (I carry it to gigs where supplied seating is uncomfortable), comfortable, and height-adjustable. Not expensive, either.
Any small chair with not too protruding legs and no back board or armrest will do...
Is there a benefit to standing while practicing/playing? Yes, better posture and easier movement. That being said if/when you play with an orchestra you will be seated (except when playing the national anthem - Cello players get a pass). Therefore you need to practice sitting in the proper position because your movements will be just different enough to make a difference.
I don't know if it would cause a Doppler effect (Arthur R), or if this is the kind of kneeling chair Rocky had in mind, but
I'm sorry to hear about your hip George. I'm glad you found a solution to the problem.
Good posture IS comfortable when you're working.
Try to get up to answer the phone from the Varier seat while holding your violin. Pension plan for your luthier.
Kneeling chairs are great - except for the knees!
I've seen orchestra players use little blocks of wood under the rear legs to get the same result.
Stephen, the Wenger cello chairs lean forward and several violinists in my orchestra prefer to use them.
@ Stephen , "Good posture IS comfortable when you're working". When I see good posture discussed it is usually a blanket kind of statement showing a picture of someone sitting on a chair and under the illustration it might say, "This is the proper way to do it". The back is usually fairly straight. Person sitting erect with the neck straight.
Thanks Andrew. Very helpful. Oh and I finally got through to Heidi and ordered an Indredibow thanks to you. I'll keep you posted on that.