What Every Violinist Needs To Know About The Body
Any comments about this book by Jennifer Johnson? It seems like it would be a good book to read, given that my prior injuries and arthritis, and probably good for any adult beginner/returnee. Just wondering if it is actually helpful. There are quite a few books out there for other disciplines with similar claims that aren't worth the paper on which they are printed.
I don't have this particular book but I do have "What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body:The Application of Body Mapping" by Barbara Conable which is a great book based on the Alexander Technique.
This book also seems to be about body mapping, something with which I'm unfamiliar. I'm leaning toward purchasing it. It isn't available from many sources...
On further research I've decided to get it, but there are not many places left who carry it. Used copies are trending with a higher cost than new, even though the publisher seems to indicate that it is still in print. Shar told me they have canceled this book, and suggested a sooner then later purchase.
When I think of "body mapping" I think of those diagrams that show you what cuts of beef come from the different parts of a steer. Ribeye, flank, etc.
I know, right? :-)
I’m enjoying it. If you are open my first teacher developed severe nerve damage and could barley play. She was Introduced to the mark wood viper electric violins which supports itself though a strap and chest support system. She now has a full teaching schedule and not only is pain free but she is healing. I would recommend you look into it it’s not ideal but it could keep your violin playing and body healthy.
It's great your teacher found something that worked for her! Thankfully I dont have nerve damage that interferes - just an understanding that I need perfect posture to prevent further damage. My arthritis will what it will do and educating myself is part of playing smart.
I can recommend 2 books:
I've been curious about Julie Lyonn Lieberman's book
Rocky - thanks for your comments and suggestions. I do warm up/stretch befor, and warmup with my violin but haven't considered doing it afterwards. I automatically do that for other things, just haven't done that...until now.
Dawson - I didn't see your post when I responded to Rocky, very interesting! I am trying to not collect a large number of books that wind up not getting read properly, but I will certainly have her on my list. The Johnson book should arrive today so I can get started with that.
From seeing who does Alexander Method over the years, I have to ask:
Although I'm not familiar with the other methodologies you mentioned, I do know that Alexander teachers have to spend 3+ years studying and taking classes for their license.
But are they recognized as legitimate practitioners outside of the Alexander world view?
I feel the same basic way of the methods you speak of, outside of the Alexander method as I know nothing about it. It took a Pilates-related injury to change my approach with some of these methods.
"Our Violins, Our Selves."
Catherine--I have the book and have read it (along with a companion DVD). I was asked to read it when I was really struggling with some injuries and took a few lessons from a teacher who was getting certified in bodymapping. I think it is somewhat helpful, especially if (like me) you did not have careful instruction on proper physical technique when learning to play. I think it would be much more helpful if supplemented by an in-person instructor who can help you apply some of the concepts, otherwise you may feel like you are just reading an anatomy book. I also found reading Galamian's principles of violin playing and Simon Fischer's the violin lesson critical in terms of getting my playing technique more correct.