Today we continue looking at tips from violinist Hilary Hahn's web site.  (It is a GREAT site.  Click Here if you would like to go to her site.)

Ms. Hahn writes:

This is a biggie: body position. If a musician plays with poor posture or an unhealthy setup, he or she runs the risk of physical strain and chronic injury. Even the most physically-aware performers should check their playing-alignment every day.

I can hear some of you now saying, "Physical strain, maybe.  But chronic injury?"

Absolutely!  Repeating the same motions over and over can cause all sorts of things in a person's body.  Just look at all the people who have repetitive motion injuries from such a little thing as typing on the computer.  It's no different with your violin!  Check your posture over and over.

And don't think that you can "feel it" if your posture is off.  If we do something just a little bit wrong for a few days, that begins to feel right to us.  Then we move a little bit further away from the perfect position, then that begins to feel right.  Before long we are so far away from where we need to be that all sorts of problems start to occur!

Have your teacher, your parents, or another violinist looke at your posture regularly.  Nobody available?  Make a video of yourself and see what you're doing.
Shoulder Rests can make a BIG difference in your posture and comfort, and allow a more secure violin hold between your shoulder and chin. If you don't use a shoulder rest, at least look at what is available. Is It Necessary? Nope! Hilary Doesn't Use One. Is it right for You? Talk with your teacher.
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