For some of us, the summer season means going on holidays. For many others, it's simply the occasion to clear our head and breathe some fresh air. In order to reinforce the body, we need to rest and perhaps use other muscles than usual. It's also only if we rest that the mind will be able to learn new things. If you have been on holidays or simply had a pause in your instrumental practice, this new school year can help your motivation in getting back in the saddle.
The natural tendency to start again from where you left off is probably not ideal because of the risk of unpleasant surprises. Either we have forgotten the tune, or the body and hands in particular have lost some of their skills. This state shows that the body and the mind have had a rest. To avoid these surprises, it is recommended to start practising gradually and not at full capacity right from the start. And for that, there is nothing like a good set of exercises.
If your technique has definitely been relegated to oblivion, the good thing is that your bad habits probably have followed the same way. Those habits would reappear however as quickly as you lost them. That's why it's good to start again on good bases: posture, breath, hands' and shoulders' positions, contraction-relaxation and so on are parts of the essential construction of a good instrumental practice.
Your opinion matters to us:
As this school year gets under way, a series of articles on posture may be of interest to you. During the next few weeks, we are going to have the opportunity to submit questions to a person specialised in this area. Lise Enochsson is a professional musician as well as a registered physiotherapist. Both these competences give her a very perceptive view on instrumental practice.
We would invite you to participate in this exchange by submitting your questions and sharing your experiences. In order to prepare this series of articles, we would appreciate to know without further delay if you are interested by the topic and, eventually, what parts you would be interested in bringing up. To answer, you may use the form below or the one in the "Contact" menu above or simply by email at the address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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