Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Balanced Left Hand

One of my violin students (the one I quoted a few days ago) came up with a lovely response concerning my analogy that keeping the two middle fingers of the left hand down whenever possible was similar to keeping two feet on the floor. He mentioned how much easier it was to balance on a log using two feet than it was trying to balance using only one. I couldn't find any satisfying photos of people balancing on logs, but I do find the above photo both satisfying and entertaining. I think that it illustrates the principle of a nicely-balanced violinist's left hand rather well. Violin playing is, however, a safer form of entertainment.

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