Do any of you use anti-fatigue mats in your studios / practice rooms that have hardwood or other hard floors?
If so, which mat?
I'm wanting to buy a mat that comes in a larger size than the typical 2'x3' that's sold for people with standing desks, since I move around a fair amount when I play. Should be comfortable to stay standing for an hour or two. Non-slip, beveled edges (no-trip edges).
I believe what you're looking for is a shag carpet.
Definitely not. I have anti-fatigue mats in my kitchen (which has hardwood floors) for both comfort and protection of the floor. I really like standing on them.
We used to use the mats in the milking parlor and they sure beat standing on concrete for many hours. You can buy these at Tractor Supply or Harbor Freight and if you choose Harrbor Freighbutt look for their 20 to 30% off coupon which you can find in the Sunday newspaper or sometimes in the front of their store. You might find ones that are more convienint for your studio at Lowes or Home Depot but I am not sure about them two stores but it doesnt hurt to look ar9ind for what may work best for your situation.
When our oldest daughter (now 17) was 2 years old, we bought her a toy that comprises ten interlocking quishy-rubber tiles that can be arranged in different ways (to play hopscotch or whatever). Both kids have long outgrown the toy, but it lives on as a modular anti-fatigue mat. But the edges are not beveled and they look like what they are -- a child's toy. However when I do stand to practice (which is not the norm these days), that is what I use.
Begging the question: do you always stand to practice? I think I sit for about 80% of the time, standing only to familiarize myself (as all my lessons are standing).
Many of us sit all day when working, etc., so standing while practicing, is, um, a good practice.
I have one that was originally designed for kitchens, it's about 2' wide and nearly 6' long. I keep it under a plush area rug for extra standing comfort.
Lydia performs a lot as a soloist so it makes sense for her to practice standing. Those of us who play mostly in orchestras and chamber groups, I see no problem with practicing sitting down. I would actually prefer to stand because I find the violin easier to play then. But I am practicing at night in my basement with a seven-foot ceiling, and I shattered two bow tip plates already, so I decided to take a chair.
Lydia is also a concertmaster - so surely she has to prepare a lot of sit-down music too Paul.
Lidya, i believe a certain amount of reverb is desired to most violinists. If your room is too reverberant and you move around a lot, perhaps treating walls would be a better option, as you can not trip.
I am going to put down rugs on the floor, and almost certainly put some acoustic panels on the walls. There's a very nice Steinway L in the room, and it's bright and powerful. In the room as it currently is, it overbalances the string instruments in a piano quintet.