Written by Zlata Brouwer
Published: July 31, 2014 at 1:12 PM [UTC]
I’ve received a very vulnerable e-mail from Dot. I admire her courage of sending me this very personal message and allowing me to share it with the Violin Lounge community.
I wonder if you could maybe help me with a problem I have? My left shoulder is getting increasingly painful due to twisting my left arm around to press the violin strings. It's getting pretty bad - I am considering giving up playing unless you can help?
Please do help me! My father just died, and I would love to take out my grief in music. After all, music is the best way to say what's in your soul that there is no words for.
Feel free to use any of my personal info you like - I will feel most wonderful if you can use any part of my pain to help others avoid or cope with it!
Thanks for any suggestions you may have!
If you are going through hard tines and are stressed out, music can be of great comfort and I would like to encourage you to play.
Please be careful for your body. In stressed times, your body is already stressed out and playing the violin can invite injury even more. The music must help you, not hurt you.
Try this exercise to prevent pain while playing:
Is this useful to you? Please let me know in the comments below!
PS: Do you have questions or struggles on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I might dedicate a Violin Lounge TV episode to answering your question!
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