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Why is it that I seem to play the violin better when I am standing up as opposed to sitting down ? Not only does the violin feel more comfortable when i am standing but my fingering technique seems better, I can play faster, and I make fewer mistakes when i am standing and playing than when i am sitting down.
Perhaps when sitting in a comfortable chair I get lazy and more tired and careless ?
I have a little folding stool I use since my "music room" is in a converted attic that doesn't give much head room (I just about poked my bow through the ceiling on the first stroke). It was something like $10 at Target. I sit on the edge of the stool and sit up straight (takes some conscious effort -- I'm a sloucher), and it seems to be about the same as standing to me -- however, my instructor and I both stand during lessons. It's probably the posture more than anything -- after all, most musicians are seated in an orchestra. 🙂
There may be a consideration about playing half the violin directly into a lap versus a freely sounding bottom plate in the standing position.
I think that my violin sounds better and louder when I am standing but I've always played seated so standing is not the most natural for me.
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