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#1 CaryK

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:19 PM

This is one of the recent links proveded by Leo. http://www.youtube.c...h?v=yv5tDHpf3lc

I quite enjoy the playing of this young woman, but the video seems to show a very tense upper back and lower neck. From appearances it looks like that after an hour of this, she'd have sore and achy muscles. Is there a benefit to holding one's back so rigid? I would have thought a relaxed posture would allow for better and longer playing.

At one point I owned a very stiff beginner's concertina and sold it after a few months because of the back strain caused by fighting the bellows. I doubt the bellows in this video are as stiff, but the young woman seems (based on my interpretation of her posture and movements) to be fighting the instrument. That being said, she may be winning, because she plays nicely.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

First off, I'm not a doctor, so I might not understand or appreciate 100% of what you're saying.
That said, I think it's wicked easy to slump over the concertina while playing, which is probably worse in the long term than maintaining one's posture so rigorously.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:20 PM

First off, I'm not a doctor, so I might not understand or appreciate 100% of what you're saying.
That said, I think it's wicked easy to slump over the concertina while playing, which is probably worse in the long term than maintaining one's posture so rigorously.


You're absolutely right John, slumping while playing is an easy bad habit to get into and not good for the spine and nerves emanating from it I would think. I'm no doctor either, but finding that balance of relaxed, yet upright posture is important. I find that in a hard back chair I tend to slump more and stay more upright, when playing on a backless stool.




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