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Kim Kashkashian seminar
Posture, movement, and injury prevention for for violin and viola
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AndrewH
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I found a really excellent seminar by violist Kim Kashkashian, recorded from Zoom last summer, that covers a variety of topics relating to posture and movement. It includes warming up, some mobility exercises, holding the instrument and bow, a little bit of tai chi for string players, and a brief discussion of chinrests and shoulder rests.

About an hour long, worthwhile for violinists or violists at any level from beginner to pro.

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@AndrewH -

TRULY EXCELLENT! 

I'm sure it will help me, could help everyone - Kim covers a lot of ground in this seminar. 

Thank you - SUPER FIND! 

 

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Some of this is very similar to what I've been getting in my lessons recently, which I'm not surprised by at all because my current teacher was a student of Kim Kashkashian. (In fact, I came across this because I was looking for videos of my teacher's teacher.)

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@AndrewH 

This is fantastic! I especially loved the section where you work back rather than stretch the 4th finger. That is a problem with my violin, viola, and also cello. My 4th finger could not stretch as far as it needed and gave me joint soreness, Every instructor I had said to force the 4th and not adjust the first. It really hindered me. Not everyone's body is built the same.

That was part of the reasons for stopping, I was not allowed to adjust for my fingers and joints. I did not think my finger joints, especially my 4th finger, should hurt. Felt like I was forcing it to do something it just could not do. So, after I stopped all lessons, I decided to try something similar to what was explained in the video, but I was holding back in case I was going to regret it later. What little adjust I did make sure made a difference. I never had issues until the 4th finger and extended 4th came more into play.  I think I will now do exactly as she stated. I am going to rewatch that section a few times. 

Thank you, AndrewH! 👏👏👏👏👏👏

I have pinned this topic to keep it at the top and in the limelight for a while.

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Thanks Andrew! I watched this at work today . I really liked the bit about the right arm and the tendinitis.. I think I did get a bit of tennis elbow well I did for a while but it seems much better now. Also agree with mouse about the fourth finger. I have practiced it and I think putting fourth finger down first helps get my thumb in the right place!

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Hoping to keep focus on this subject.

EVERYONE

can benefit from this video seminar! 

Help with posture, movement and injury prevention! 

 

Definitely worth watching! 

Thanx again, AndrewH

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