Lauries's discussion about health made me realize this: I have for a long time ask myself if violin was similar to Opera. Ok, it is less true than before because to sell tickets, you now have to be a little more "cute" than before but it is a fact that beautiful and powerful voices in opera often come from chubby persons. I guess it is because of some physics reasons. Well, in the violin world, many many great violinist are slightly to quite over weight. I am not pointing anyone and don't want to qualify anyone of chubby because it is mean. I have notice in my physical education courses that chubby persons are often not in shape but very very flexible. They very often have a shorter neck and for sure a heavier arm that possibly make "resonnates" more the instrument. The action of gravity is so important in violin and maybe they can benefit better from it. I have often notice this in soloists: chubbier persons tend to make a more fleshy powerful sound and very skinny persons tend to make a skinnier sound (that can be beautiful too in its way). I don't want to make a general law since it wouldn't be right because there is many exceptions to this. I know that so many things are related with physics in sound production. Maybe the sound resonnates in you like a wind instrument, maybe the Chubbier persons are able to take a greater advantage of the gravity. I don't know
But I really think that the relation many practice = less exercise = a higher tendency to become over weigh is true in the musical world + they eat in restaurants and at various hours in the day...
Someone would have to make serious studies to really see if the chubby persons are naturally advantage or good in violin for the reasons I mention and thus all meet in elite musician positions (beat many skinny ones who wanted the same seat) or if I see many because of the life conditions musicians are forced to deal with.
I just wanted to know if some had any opinions about this. It is probably because of life habits of sadly too many musicians but I'm not sure... Is violin like Opera?
Have a nice day,
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