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How to help my daughter to get out of her bad habits?
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March 13, 2012 - 11:16 pm
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My daughter started her violin lesson last July. She has been doing great untill last couple months. I think my daughter is hitting the neck of a bottle now. It's not that she does not make progress, it's her posture.

She used to have perfect bow hold and violin hold, but now, ... I have talked to her teacher, but it's hard for my daughter to get out of her "lazy" posture -- leaning on one foot, sticking out her tummy, using her left side of her body to support her violin arm, palm to support the violin neck, scroll pointing downward, bow hand pinky sticking up in the air, all the bad habits, you name it, she has it. Reminders does not help!!


What's worse is, she is complaining about pain in her shoulders, fingers, hands, back, and neck, even just two minutes after she started practice. Hmmm... but she does not want to give up violin.


Any suggestions?

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March 13, 2012 - 11:47 pm
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How much does she play a day?  Does she also have any sports where she's using a lot of her upper body?  It's possible that she's fatigued and actually quite uncomfortable.  Her bad posture could be an attempt to relieve some of that stress (but probably ends up aggravating it).


She could try taking a day or two off to relax and then start again with super-short sessions where she practices for only a couple of minutes while holding correct posture.  Then she walks away for fifteen and does something else for a bit before coming back for another couple of minutes.  The time can then be lengthened gradually over a period of weeks.  If she hits a length of time where it's painful then she backs off again for a bit.  If she's playing in ten minute increments and her posture slides at minute eight then drop it back down to eight minutes.  The idea is to stop before her posture gets bad or she starts hurting.


It's also possible that she likes violin but is bored with her current selection of music and exercises.  Ive found that boredom makes mild discomforts absolutely intolerable.

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March 14, 2012 - 5:29 am
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Maybe those excercises could help to correct your daughter's posture, Pky? 




I loved those excercises. Only one problem there - too loooong to watch but it worth it =). Excercises are easy. And your little daughter can do them =)

That was originally posted by cdennyb in the topic:

PS: Thank You, Dannis! =)


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March 14, 2012 - 9:02 am
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She might be complaining about pain for a good reason. Take her seriously and have a close look at what part of the chinrest is touching her jaw-bone. Look at her shoulder to see where the shoulder rest, if any, is making contact. The solution might be to find the most comfortable set up possible. It is SOOOO important.

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