I started learning the violin in 2000, my teacher a graduate of the Suzuki School in Japan. Right from the beginning there was emphasis on posture, instrument hold, and lack of unnecessary tension in body and limbs – I believe the Alexander Technique underlay this, although it was rarely mentioned specifically. One important aspect of playing that I took away from those years of Suzuki lessons was how to analyse my playing both musically and technically. If there was a problem I should then be in a position to spot what was going wrong, and this would then point me to its resolution.
After some years of violin lessons I moved from cello to violin in my orchestral playing. My main orchestras, now as a violinist, are the Long Ashton Orchestra in Somerset, and Bristol Chamber Orchestra, both well respected community orchestras that have been around for more than 50 years. These orchestras have a useful number of retired pros in their memberships and very competent conductors.
Since the 1970s I have been a Member of Bristol Music Club (est. 1903), England.
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5 January 2021