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John Allison

Laziness and a turned ankle.

March 17, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I have read many threads about proper posture and the importance that it has on playing. I had thought that I had been accomplishing this all along, though apparently it was mostly with my teacher. I subconsiously must have been drooping and any other number of laziness issuses.

I mentioned in a previous blog, how my teacher moved me into Suzuki 2, and I was/am thrilled with the progress I had been making. But I realized that I had become complacent with some of the suggested practice techniques she had been imparting. This weekend I had an opportunity to try something new.

I had rolled my ankle, Saturday morning and it hurt like the devil. I knew from past experience that if I stayed off it for some time over the weekend, that I should be alright by Monday for work (which it has, thank you for asking). So fast forward to church, yesterday morning. wonderful music program that was put on with an impressive string section of about 7 - 10 instruments along with our normal orchestra. I was thinking how wonderful they sounded sitting down and watched their posture, bowing, etc.

Once I got home, I thought about practice. I knew it would hurt to stand like I normally do, so I set up a chair in front of my stand and started warm ups and then played through all my books and back again. Concentrating on posture and what my teacher had been saying all along. The sound, articulation, sounding point, all seemed easier to control. I practiced most of the day yesterday. This morning I practiced standing, with correct posture, and the same result.

Anyway, I was/am pretty excited about the practice and the results. I feel today, really, that I am PLAYING my violin and making music. I am still smiling as I feel the progress I'm making and know, that my violin didn't pick me to fail, but to enjoy our relationship for the rest of my life. My ankle doesn't really hurt anymore, but I think I'll continiue to practice with both the chair and standing.

From Drew Lecher
Posted on March 18, 2008 at 12:54 AM
Congratulations John! Everyone talks about posture, but few actually do it. Whether sitting of standing, excellent posture is truly one of the greatest foundations of your playing.

Keep it up and all IS easier!

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on March 18, 2008 at 4:37 AM
in Chinese medicine the accidentof turing or sparining the ankle is strongly associated with procratinating on an importnat and life changing decision. I trust you are feeling better and morer decisive;)
From John Allison
Posted on March 18, 2008 at 1:47 PM
Healing well, thank you for asking! I appreciate your insite, as it has been both painful, the ankle, and wonderful, the application of balance and posture.

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