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Cello & Double Bass

Cello and Double Bass and the Alexander Technique

Being most effective with all stringed instruments; especially Cello and Double Bass:

When youngsters first start the journey to playing a musical instrument, knowing the pitfalls is never possible. Yet, most fall prey to some form of habitual response to their playing. Over time the blueprint becomes entrenched and pain becomes the familiar.

cello2_300Frank Pierce Jones, noted Alexander teacher said: “A double-bass player, in order to get the force and control he wanted for finishing the down stroke of his bow, habitually built up so much misdirected tension in his arm that he could not start the upstroke smoothly. Furthermore, he built up a corresponding over-tension in other parts of his body—back, neck, and legs. Since he concentrated his attention upon his arms and hands, he was unaware of what was happening elsewhere until it showed up in the form of pain and fatigue”

To get optimal ease, place your two feet flat on the ground, your back maintains an upright angle to the seat, shoulders and arms are free and moving easily while your hips are relaxed on the chair.

Your prime focus needs to be the way your are poised, your arms are light and free, head, neck and shoulders are disengaged (in neutral); and then, to the positioning of you instrument against the chest in such a way that your arms are not dragging your shoulders forward. Moving freely and easily prevents tension and stiffening.
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