Hey there - this is a question primarily for the girls, since I gather guys sometimes try to achieve this look through other means too, but feel free to contribute:
A common conception of the female violinist (and cellist) is of a graceful, willowy creature with slender arms (and a mournful expression, but anyway...). Much as I would wish it to be so, this is simply not me; I've always had a broad back and shoulders, but it seems to me that the last few years of decent practice have given me pectorals and biceps that Arnie would envy. Of course it might all be genetic, but since I do shamefully little 'proper' exercise, I'm wondering whether my general upper-body fitness - and this bicep business specifically - is down to working out on the violin?
I'd be interested to know if a large proportion of female violinists can rival their menfolk in the muscle department (spot the classic 'Am I Normal?' question). Please state a) daily practice time, b) over how many years, c) description of (violin-relevant) physique, and d) other physical exercise taken.
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