Most Common Misconceptions String Players Have About Posture & Muscle Strain in Shoulders, Back & Neck
by Rozanna Weinberger It amazes me when speaking to students that say they have excess tension in their playing that causes pain but feel at the mercy of the tension because they don’t even know when it begins. Its true once we’re in the state of compromised physical patterns, the challenge is to relieve the pain and […]Read more
Common Misconceptions About Holding the Violin: Balanced vs. Unbalanced
by Rozanna Weinberger Violin hold is one of the biggest enigmas for many string players from beginner to advancing players. Sure its easy enough to grip the violin between the head & neck like a vice until the pain becomes incapacitating. Its even possible to consider pain a necessary trade off for playing a beautiful […]Read more
Wrist vs Arm Vibrato: Which is better?
by Rozanna Weinberger Throughout my studies it was typical that various teachers would espouse preferences in vibrato,between arm or wrist. D.C. Dounis has an interesting perspective where he goes so far as to say one is inferior to the other. Continuing from the material covered from the interview between Samuel Applebaum and Dounis, this entry will examine […]Read more
A Natural Approach to Vibrato
The notion of natural this or natural that is a modern day phenomenon attributed to everything from food to hair products. When referring to viola or violin vibrato, there is a vague notion of somehow playing with less tension. But I would prefer to attribute naturalness to incorporation of motion studies utilizing intrinsic functionality of skeleton […]Read more