January 9, 2019 at 6:01 PM #68436
I am finding that when I play a fast tune, my shoulders tense up which makes it difficult to get to the right speed. I would like to find out if this is a common thing happening to fiddlers, or is it me.January 9, 2019 at 7:48 PM #68439
I get it when I’m not relaxing properly. Most often when first learning something…even if it’s very slow.
A short period of rest & stretching,then concentrating on relaxing when playing usually helps.
Relaxation is the key to playing fast. If you’re tensing up you may be pushing your present limit with the piece.
January 9, 2019 at 8:11 PM #68443
- This reply was modified 5 months ago by fiddlewood.
I can’t play well after say four tunes without taking a short rest , There is a supplement called Calm which helps after you take it for a while its a powder magnesium it helps relax both mussel tension and nervousness it helps me ! You can buy it at any Walmart or drug store !
What Does Natural Calm Do?. Natural Calm is a fruity, effervescent drink that promotes healthy magnesium levels and balances calcium intake—helping you to feel less stressed and more relaxed. Good health is all about balance. A delicate balance must be maintained between the levels of magnesium and calcium in your body—especially at a cellular level.January 9, 2019 at 10:31 PM #68446
More on magnesium:
<listen below>January 10, 2019 at 9:57 PM #68452
Dwight Diller, the West Virginia clawhammer player, has often said to play properly your hands, arms, shoulders, etc., should all work together and be as loose as jello. Of course how you get there is the problem. Sometimes it’s kind of a mind over matter thing…recognize tension and drop it mentally. I never tried magnesium…so…maybe that’s the key.January 10, 2019 at 10:44 PM #68455
Staying loose is imperative (I think? Is that what that word means?) I usually play best right before I’m asleep (around 9:30)
Fun fact: once you set magnesium on fire, it can’t be put out. At all. Ever. Even if you use water, sand and fire extinguisher. It creates it’s own oxygen as it combusts, so don’t accidentally combust itJanuary 11, 2019 at 7:56 AM #68462
Interesting, fun fact, Gunnar. So taking a magnesium supplement might go along with sword swallowing ok, but not safe for fire-eaters!January 11, 2019 at 1:08 PM #68467
Pretty much!January 12, 2019 at 8:03 AM #68492
I’ve never thought of taking a relaxer! That’s actually not a bad idea. Maybe monkeys are so loose because they eat lots of bananas?
One thing that will relax your right shoulder is to focus on moving the wrist instead of the elbow.
Also make sure that your grip (both hands) is a light as possible. Do not apply more force than is necessary!
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