Holding the violin without tension | searching for a comment about Heifetz technique
I am new to this forum, so I apologies in advance if my question is posted in the wrong section.
I am an adult violin beginner, and as all beginners I struggle with holding the violin without tension. I remember reading or hearing (it was either an online article or a youtube video) about a musician who played with either Yehudi Menuhin or Jascha Heifetz (I can't remember exactly), the person tried to emphasize how much the violin hold was free of any tension by saying that when "she/he stood next to him, she/he held her/his breath out of fear of causing their violin to fall."
I am sorry I don't have enough details to give, this is why it has been so difficult for me to find this reference by searching on the internet!
I may even be wrong about whether it was Heifetz or Menuhin, it may have been another violinist.
Anywho, if you know what I am talking about, I would really appreciated it if you give more details about this... and this time I will take notes!
It seems to refer to the following quote by Erick Friedman, published in an interview in the January 1990 issue of The Strad:
That must be it. Thank you! Do you have a link of the interview recording or transcript?
Love it! Very inspired now to reexamine my own posture...
Amal no I don't, you're going to have to try to get a hold on that The Strad issue.
Indeed James, I found this to be very inspiring!
During my minor amount of time around Heifezt, he could make difficult things look easy. That was part of the gig, during that time period.
From either genetics or divine intervention, Heifetz seemed to be perfectly designed to play the violin; physically, intelligence, emotion, and character. Then add an early start, good teaching, avoiding incorrect postures and theories, good equipment, and self-disciplined practice.
There are a few videos of Heifetz that are easily available, and you can see some of his technique there, including things like pulling the violin back and 'grabbing' the chinrest with the jaw, repeatedly. The videos are probably more informative about his technique than verbal mythology ancient or new. To wit: If he played effortlessly, he certainly would have worked very hard to do so.