November 2014

There is no one size fits all correct playing position

November 30, 2014 14:43

"the 'correct posture' for playing the violin is one which ensures that no cramps or tightness can occur! It is absolutely essential that chin-rests, shoulder-rests etc. are made to fit the player, not vice versa, and 'correct posture' is not 'one-size fits all'. What is correct for one player may look entirely different on another, and will depend on the length of neck, arms, fingers, width of shoulders etc. ad infintum. That is why it is so important to spend a great deal of time with individual beginners getting the 'comfort' right - because any unnatural postures and positions picked up simply copying others at that stage invariably come back to haunt the student later."

~Virginia Weekes
thanks for the tips. I'm in a wheelchair so this is really helpful.

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