Alignment for Violinists & Violists
This 6 page PDF for instructors and professionals includes a discussion of best biomechanical form, illustrated descriptions of troublesome postures and how to spot them, and photos and descriptions of 10 simple exercises that offset damaging habits acquired during practice. While violin and viola are different instruments, the forces acting upon the body while playing are essentially the same. Attention to and understanding of the biomechanics of playing will help the violist especially choose an instrument based on a fit that is least likely to cause injury. Document includes the following correctives: hand stretching, forearm stretching, thoracic stretch, floor angels, posterior block hold, posterior arm reach, head hang, head ramping, spinal twist, hanging.
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