since I have started lessons with my teacher (5 1/2 years) she is forever telling me that a good violinist should be able to play well in any orientation (I am talking of a standard room with four walls).
The ideal violin position, according to my teacher, is when a violinist plays with the sound projected towards the audience. The audience then sees more of the "side" of the performer's body. (like when we see classical soloists with orchestras in concert)
For this reason, I have always played parallel to one of the walls of a room thinking it's the audience!
But, over the years, my teacher has never stopped to often challenge me and have my play non parallel to the wall telling that a performer should feel his/her body in the space and not rely on the walls to "feel" the proper position.
The problem is that I do not have any feeling of my body in the space (even with eyes shut). And not just in violin, I'm as bad in a swimming pool or with a gymnastic bar! I am frighten to death to spin around because I don't feel where I am in the space...
So after 5 1/2 years with my teacher, I was never able to play well in another position than parallel to a wall. When she tries to have me play non parallel to a wall, I play 10 times worst and really don't feel my bow, if my arms are at a correct angle form one another, if my feet are placed ok etc.
She tried again yesterday and finally put me back at my normal position after 10 min of that torture (for me) seeing that it was a disaster...
I once almost failed an exam because the whole room was "diagonally" disposed and I could not play parallel to any wall. I really panicked when I saw that I couldn't play parallel to a wall! It was the "end of the world" for me...
I had wondered if they had done that on purpose to fool the performer's bodies???
Even with cardboard placed diagonally in a room to simulate a diagonal wall, I don't think I would be able to feel the proper posture and motion (but I should try the experiment)
Am I the only one who needs to play parallel to a wall to play ok (have a good feel in the space of what I'm doing)?
btw I can play in a wall free place... The problem occurs when there are walls or any linear structure and that I can't play parallel to those structures (as if they were an audience).
Pls feel very free to add any comments or personal stories about such issues if you have some!
Have a nice day,
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