Supporting the Back While Playing

For many violinists, lower back pain is a common issue that can be linked to the narrowing and shortening that occurs when a violinist lifts their arms and proceeds to put the violin on their shoulder. This collapse is either, due to a habitual reaction of the arms while lifting them or a compensatory action from the body in response to the weight of the instrument. Regardless, the solution is the same: increase the length and breadth of the back through awareness, inhibition, and direction. Even though, an individual can learn to lengthen and widen their back at later stages in their musical career, for this blog I will focus on how to teach a student to support their back from the beginnin


This blog is majorly focused on exploring the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique and how they can be applied to violin technique. At certain points the blog may also examine the Alexander Technique in regards to life in general. With every post, I hope to generate discussion in order to advance the understanding of the technique and violin playing. I always wish to honor the traditions of both the Alexander Technique and violin pedagogy, but also to expand upon those traditions through open conversation. I came to the Alexander Technique while completing my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. I had suffered from crippling stage fright and severe

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