excellent lecture about pain-free setup at the American Viola Society Festival at the Colburn School and it got me thinking -- have most people figured out an ideal setup for themselves, or is it simply a constant struggle for all of us?This week I attended an
Set up -- that combination of posture + posture aids like shoulder and chin rests -- is largely responsible for whether or not a violinist or violist later develops pain from playing. Of course, building up muscle strength and cultivating ergonomic movements are also important. But for violists especially, with such a large and heavy instrument, setup is a key component in achieving comfort while playing - and after playing.
This led me to wonder: how many people truly have a pain-free setup? If you have not found your ideal setup, does this cause you major pain, or minor pain? Did you previously have setup problems that caused pain? If so, how did you resolve those problems, and can you share any advice for others in the same situation? Or have you simply never had setup problems that led to pain? Please participate in the vote and then share your thoughts and experiences about this issue.
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