I don't know if anyone else has noticed a trend, even among professional orchestra musicians, of playing with the scroll pointed downward?
My first thought was that it would make downshifting a precarious undertaking. Perhaps a pad or shoulder rest that adds enough traction would prevent slippage?
In the orchestra we saw last night (mix of seasoned players and amateurs) most violinists would start with the violin level, but they would soon appear to tire a bit and would end up with the scroll shooting toward the floor. A few just started that way and stayed droopy during the entire concert. But I don't recall ever seeing such droopiness in an entire violin section before.
So for you orchestra violinists, do you catch yourself drooping during the course of a performance? Or are you able to stave off fatigue and maintain a level head?
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