tension

tension

    
tension    16:39 on Thursday, June 07, 2007          

Flute_girl
(60 points)
Posted by Flute_girl

Hey y band teacher keep on dweling on the fact that i hold tension when i play. this is causing major stress to my fingers. every time i say i am having trouble with somthing no matter waht it is he blames it on tension. i have tried to lessen my tension but i just can not do it. does anyone have any advice on what i could od to relax???? thanks


Re: tension    17:03 on Thursday, June 07, 2007          

jose_luis
(2369 points)
Posted by jose_luis

Maybe your band director is not a teacher and perhaps he/she cannot even play the flute.

Unfortunately I have no experience with bands, but I believe the problem is similar to some teachers comments or demands. If you are already at a high enough playing level, please disregard what follows.

I do not understand when teachers strongly insists on those remarks that are difficult to asses/prove -not to mention to correct them- and that sometimes may even not be so important.

As a student, I could do better, relax more, improve my position and so many other things. But the process of learning is gradual and we cannot correct everything at the same time. IMHO, the results are the important thing. And each one can obtain good results and (gradually)improve following one's own path. Unless one is completely out of the way. Teachers should be flexible enough to understand this. I feel lucky that mine is very tolerant but nevertheless sets goals to be met in each course. And they are not easy to accomplish!

But each teacher (and band director) has his/her own method and personality. This is something we cannot change so we have to adapt. There are some exercises I was told to practise, concerning the right and relaxed position for the arms, hand and neck. You cannot relax everything; for example abdominal tension is important (if done correctly), as well as overall body position.

There is something you should take special care: using too much finger pressure continuously will not only make your fingers hurt but may also damage the pads...


Re: tension    18:12 on Thursday, June 07, 2007          

Flute_girl
(60 points)
Posted by Flute_girl

you really feel strongly about this dont you


Re: tension    18:15 on Thursday, June 07, 2007          

jose_luis
(2369 points)
Posted by jose_luis

Sorry if my opinion was too strong. Maybe it is too late here and time to go get some rest.


Re: tension    18:54 on Thursday, June 07, 2007          

Flute_girl
(60 points)
Posted by Flute_girl

it really was not to strong it was just somthing noticed it s good to have a strong opinon on things


Re: tension    19:20 on Thursday, June 07, 2007          

Patrick
(1743 points)
Posted by Patrick

we are all opinionated here, that is why you get interesting viewpoints, if no one was opinionated, you would learn nothing...

just remember that you balance the flute, not hold it...


Re: tension    20:10 on Thursday, June 07, 2007          

Flute_girl
(60 points)
Posted by Flute_girl

thanks patrick i will try to remember that do u have any suggestions on how i could relax while playing other than balancing not holding?


Re: tension    04:13 on Friday, June 08, 2007          

jose_luis
(2369 points)
Posted by jose_luis

A year ago I received some interesting directions on how to play in relaxed but correct position. They came from a high level soloist who also has students. But I have to find the paper where I noted them and then I will copy it here.


Re: tension    11:30 on Friday, June 08, 2007          

Patrick
(1743 points)
Posted by Patrick

I keep my arms and shoulders very relaxed, angle the flute slightly to the left to get balance on my lower lip, my arms are kinda like an artists easal, they support and balance the flute equally


Re: tension    13:12 on Friday, June 08, 2007          

jose_luis
(2369 points)
Posted by jose_luis

Patrick, did not know what easal is, so I looked in the dict and I suppose you refer to "easel", right?

<Added>

did not = I did not


Re: tension    19:06 on Friday, June 08, 2007          

Patrick
(1743 points)
Posted by Patrick

sorry for the typo, yes it's easel


Re: tension    20:38 on Friday, June 08, 2007          

Flute_girl
(60 points)
Posted by Flute_girl

thank you i will have to try that.


Re: tension    12:18 on Wednesday, June 13, 2007          

schoolgirl0125
(613 points)
Posted by schoolgirl0125

I have a different kind of tension, i have a lot of tension around my neck. AND that's why i make throat noises. It sounds like i'm trying to sing while i play my flute. i'm also doing voice lessons, and my teacher said i need to relax my neck.
ANYBODY have this problem too? ^^ ..or am i alone?


Re: tension    12:19 on Wednesday, June 13, 2007          

schoolgirl0125
(613 points)
Posted by schoolgirl0125

I have a different kind of tension, i have a lot of tension around my neck. AND that's why i make throat noises. It sounds like i'm trying to sing while i play my flute. i'm also doing voice lessons, and my teacher said i need to relax my neck.
ANYBODY have this problem too? ^^ ..or am i alone?


<Added>

sorry everyone about the double post, i got fustrated with my SLOWWW computer.


   




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