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hello again,

 

I hope im not annoying everyone to much with my posting :) lol lots of questions for a newbie i guess. I have noticed a lot of people practice, especially in the beginning, standing up. Is there a reason behind this?

 

I have found it easier to practice sitting, though i do stand occasionally. Is it wrong to sit and practice so long as the majority of my posture is correct? anywho thanks guys :)  

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Posture can help with intonation. I know it sounds weird but it is true. Its like sports have to have a steady consistent base to to work from until you build muscle memory.

 

 

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I practice standing but take my lessons sitting.  I'm trying to be comfortable and competent in both positions but really feel more comfortable standing.  

 

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I stand and sit. > depend on the moment for me.

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Teachers often recommend that you practice standing because it keeps you from slouching. I recommend that you do both. When you sit, force yourself to sit on the edge of the chair and arch your back. :-)

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I practice both sitting and standing, though not necessarily both in the same session. It partly depends on what I'm working on and partly on how tired I am. :)

When I'm running through the tunes that I know by heart, I like to stand -- even walk around -- because it lets me put all my effort into bowing and left hand technique. In particular, I can really work on full bow strokes without hitting my leg, which often happens when I'm sitting (especially when playing on the E string).

When I'm working on tunes from sheet music, I usually sit so I can have the music stand at eye level, which helps with my posture.

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Fiddlerman said
Teachers often recommend that you practice standing because it keeps you from slouching. I recommend that you do both. When you sit, force yourself to sit on the edge of the chair and arch your back. :-)

I do find myself arching my back when sitting on the edge of what ever it is I am sitting on at that time. I find my back will arch. It feels good. Its a nice stretch and sort of makes me feel good all over. A yoga kind of thing. Anyway it feels good. It feels SWEET!!! > and my attempt at playing is much, much better.

 

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I practice standing.  I seem to have better intonation (I'm not sure why) and more freedom of movement in the bow.  I raise my music stand up so I can play from a standing position.

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I like to walk around a bit while playing.  I find it helps keep the back and shoulders relaxed.

But I don't know as that is approved for practice for folks that are symphony/orchestra oriented, since I don't think they encourage strolling around during performances.  LOL

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LOL Daniel. When I was a kid I would always walk around while practicing when ever I was not reading music. Actually, I still do it. My teachers said not to but I have a hard time being still no matter what. I have to move almost all of the time.

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I practice and playing standing only. (hahaha! what was there about walking around? i like to do it either) Less stress for the back, as for me =)

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I tend to play standing and sitting, but not at the same time.

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okay, I'm SO glad to know I'm not the only one who has to walk around when playing/practicing. In fact, so far I've found it impossible to sit: my back starts to hurt, I'm too conscious of my elbows and bow and trying not to knock into anything, I can't hit notes as well. I'm pretty sure I could never be in an orchestra - like Daniel said, they probably wouldn't want violinists wandering around all willy nilly.

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okay, I'm SO glad to know I'm not the only one who has to walk around when playing/practicing......

In fact, my favorite way to practice. LOL, but don't tell anyone.

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Fiddlerman said

laserbrainz said
okay, I'm SO glad to know I'm not the only one who has to walk around when playing/practicing......

In fact, my favorite way to practice. LOL, but don't tell anyone.

I've read somewhere (in some old violin book) that walking around while practicing is kinda bad habit =(. Though as it doesn't explain why, i decided to ignore that point of viewduncecap

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Mad_Wed said

Though as it doesn't explain why, i decided to ignore that point of view

LOL, I kinda like that attitude, even though there are true things that can't be proven.

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I was told the same thing by my teachers way back when.....
Still feels good for me.

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RosinedUp said

Mad_Wed said

Though as it doesn't explain why, i decided to ignore that point of view

LOL, I kinda like that attitude, even though there are true things that can't be proven.

Haha! Agreed about true-but-unprovable things, but if i advise someone to avoid of doing something, i usually explain why... So if they didn't - i believe it doesn't matter that much. And btw my teacher makes me march while i play Polkas to get the right sence of rhythm. So i believe walking around can't harm.

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Has anyone tried practicing while kneeling ? Or while lying down ?  As a child I always stood when I practiced, That is how we also did our lessons. These days I rarely stand up and play. I am usually sitting down.  Most of the stuff I practice is going to be played in an orchestral setting where I have to sit down anyhow so I guess I might as well practice that way too.

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I like to walk around a bit while playing.  I find it helps keep the back and shoulders relaxed. But I don't know as that is approved for practice for folks that are symphony/orchestra oriented, since I don't think they encourage strolling around during performances.  LOL

 

For some reason my original comments to this quote didn't come out. What I was going to say was that yeah, while in an orchestral setting you will be expected to sit down while playing if you are a soloist you will usually be standing while playing.

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