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How Muscles Learn: Teaching the Violin with the Body in Mind Paperback – February 1, 2003
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Although written primarily for teachers of children, I found `How Muscles Learn' very helpful for my self-study. The explanations and photos of posture and playing position are clear and easy to translate into adult terms. As the author says, it's as much about teaching the body as it is about teaching the music.
Susan Kempter's premise is that physiology and kinesiology have much to offer violin players and teachers. Violin pedagogy, along with that of the piano, has a lengthy history with different schools of technique dominating during various eras. Certain ideas, such as the alignment of the elbow beneath the instrument and the position of the bowing arm to the body, continue to be handed down too often without the benefit of recent advances in body science.
That said, the book is very hands-on and jargon-free. Children are very physical learners and the emphasis here is on practical doing rather than scientific explanation.
There are a number of excerpts of pieces from the Suzuki books. I happened to have them but, if you don't, it's not difficult to find or arrange similar pieces that illustrate the same technical problems.
I happen to enjoy working out the playing mechanics of different instruments at my own pace, making my way (however labyrinth-like) towards some basic technique. I'm neither a teacher nor a professional; I play with friends for my own enjoyment. I'd recommend the book to other self-learners with a similar exploratory bent who enjoy working things out for themselves.
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