Technique: how to use the Feldenkrais method in your viola playing


Caroline Henbest looks at viola technique through the lens of Feldenkrais

It is often the case that viola students get bogged down with technical detail. There is a tendency to focus on trying to ‘get it right’, especially in a conservatoire setting. This can be stress-inducing and tends to lead to performance anxiety. Sometimes students are insecure and feel disempowered by feedback from others, and their musicality and personality may be submerged in the process of trying to perfect aspects of their technique. They persevere without appreciating that it would be easier and more fun to work in harmony with their whole bodies, and to make the music their own…

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