From Violinist Yehudi Menuhin:

"The performing violinist continually reviews the hours, days and weeks preceding a performance, charting the many elements that will release his potential ... he knows that when his body is exercised, his blood circulating, his stomach light, his mind clear, the music ringing in his heart, his violin clean and polished, its strings in good order, the bow hair full and evenly spread, then - but only then - he is in command ...
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I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being - a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit.
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His stance must be erect yet supple so that like a graceful reed he may weave with the breeze and yet remain aligned from head through spine to feet. He is a living structure stretched between the magnets of sun and earth. Just as only a stretched string can vibrate, so before a violinist's body vibrates he must feel drawn upward, his head delicately poised on the vertebrae, his diaphragm raising him on a cushion of air, while the working parts of his anatomy - shoulders, hands and fingers - float and balance at different levels."
So one of the greats believed:

1.    Posture and position are critically

2.    There is a balance to be achieved
       between the tension necessary to play
       the instrument and the relaxation
       required to produce the proper tone.

3.    That relaxation is important while
       performing, with the performer relying on
       the balance created by properly
       understanding both the music and
       the instrument.

In a sentence.  Prepare, do your best in practice, then relax and trust yourself!

Sounds like good advice to me.
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