December 2, 2011 at 7:25 AMMy approach to practice and getting ready for performances has always been a very athletic one. It's probably because I've competed in running, swimming, and sailing races for as long as I've played the violin. What always awed me was how similar the demands on a person's body could be: the coordination required, the cognitive function and muscle memory (also used in sailing).
Admittedly, I have not reached the Holy Grail of playing with technical brilliance while staying completely relaxed. (I think I'll leave that to my teacher, Jesse Mills.) But I'll share some common sports training strategies over the next few blogs that you can try out if you like.
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