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Greetings string people,
I have been finding some difficulty in reading my sheet music from a stand while watching my bow contact point on the strings.
If I pay attention to my sheet music, my bow is wandering away from the correct position on the strings.
If I pay attention to my bow, I fall behind reading the sheet music.
The only solution that I have found so far is to position my music stand directly in line with my viewing position for the bow- kind of puts my music stand to my side.
Any suggestions out there?
You all are the greatest- all opinions/suggestions/criticisms would be greatly appreciated.
The obvious solution to your problem is to hire someone to stand in front of you and tell you when you are wandering👍
I actually had the same problem and posted a very similar question a few weeks ago. The fact that you have to think of so many different things causes problems, I do exactly what you do now, I dont need to look where my fingers go, but I have the contact point problem. But I dont worry too much about the wandering because....,
I try to memorise the music as fast as possible, and then work on refining it, once its memorised its easier to keep everything else in place, at least for me that is
If you're not playing some long concerto, memorize the music.
Then, I only focus on getting 1 thing right before moving on to the next, e.g. -
- look over your sheet music as a reminder of any special instructions
- make sure your fingers are hitting the right spots,
- check your bowing,
- adjust/correct your timing & where you emphasize,
- try vibrato. (lol)
My Brother bought me a really nice music stand a year ago - didn't have the heart to tell him I couldn't use it, even right in front of me, unless I enlarged all my music to poster size. (lol)