I have been watching some of my favorite violinists play and I am always interested about sweating when playing (I know that sounds extremely strange lol.) I have rarely seen some of the great violinists such as Heifetz or Milstein perspire at all while others such as Menhuhin, Stern, and even Joshua Bell sweat a lot when performing. I look at one side as somebody like Heifetz doesn't sweat because everything comes easy to them. However, some people sweat when they are very into the music and they give such painstaking thought to each note. I often feel that it looks more "pleasant" seeing a pianist (such as Gilels in the DVD of him playing the Tchaik concerto) because it looks more intense then when a violinist such as Stern looks like he's going to pass out. I know some people have a problem with perspiration regardless of playing the violin or not. But what are your views on the reasons for sweating while performing and whether it is a good or bad thing?
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