3. movement and Viola
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5 levels of Space in combination with Core-distal (body fundamentals) practiced through:
3. movement and Viola
Breath (body) - (see Practice #1 for technical instructions)
Inhale: send the air all around your body so it reaches every corner and end. Make sure you dont focus only on the upper part.
(own conclusions) *Exhale: focus was too much on thought and not enough on the breath itself.
*Palms were more open.
Breath (Instrumental/Viola) - (see Practice #1 for technical instructions)
1. Inhale: left hand moving towards the instrument (3rd finger towards A string).
2. Exhale: 3rd finger making Vibrato on A string.
*Breath through nose: something Im not used to, felt like too little air.
3. Inhale: left hand moving away from the instrument returning back to starting position.
* Everything felt too short; Breath was in sync with hand movement; I Felt pain, like a string stretching in the back of my neck, going downwards.
Instrumental meditation - left hand, 3rd finger on Viola.
In 'Instrumental meditation' you meditate while holding your instrument in any playing position you choose (recommended in a comfortable one). You meditate the same as you would without the instrument. Meditate while focusing on your own body, scanning and drewing each part of it with your mind. Traveling through your body and feeling the existence of each and every cell and partial.
I usually choose to focus on one of my body parts which is involved in the playing action. For example - from the shoulder to the tips of the fingers; the neck; palm, etc.
Whichever part/s you choose, try to give equal attention to all body parts; it can be difficult, however this practice is not about succeeding but about the process itself.
* Focus was going back-fourth; it is difficult to stay committed to the moment; Left hand - the skin feels softer than right after the meditation; I let go of holding. I held the Viola very strong, the neck and chin held it; Legs - my fit were rooted very deep towards the ground, using very strong, heavy weight; The thought is going away and I bring it back; In one moment, around the nail of the thumb, I managed to really be there; To not get mad at the thought for going away, simply bring it back; Meditated from the elbow upwards towards the finger tips.
Topic: Body fundamentals
together with Efforts and Rotation
1) Creating a movement phrase using Core-distal, Direct Space & Sus. Time.
2) Adding Rotation.
The same as body, improvise with.
Breath (body) - stand straight with your arms on the sides of your body, palms open facing forward. Slow, long breath - inhale and exhale. Focus on the breath itself. You might go in and out of focus, but try to not judge yourself, just bring your focus back. Focus on air entering the body, imagine where it travels to, which parts it is entering. Remember the core, the center of your body. Absorb the environment while you inhale, give in return when you exhale.
(own conclusions) * Exhale: pain in the back of the neck.
Breath (Instrument/Viola) - see pictures bellow.
Starting position: right hand (holding bow) down next to right leg.
1.Inhale: bring hand up towards the strings.
2.Exhale: place right hand on strings.
3.Inhale: bring back down.
4.Exhale (back to starting position).
- Focus on the breath itself (not on the movement of your hand). The hand follows the breath. The length of each action is set by the length of each breathing action (inhale/exhale).
- Breath and movement begin and end together.
- How did your breath feel like?
- Did you notice any other reflects / movements / sensations in your body?
* Breath and movement were not fully synchronized. Breath felt inhibited.
- In general while doing these exercises try to only observe. After an exercise you can write down how you felt, or simply think about it. Dont try again with an intention to correct. Instead you try another day. Learn about your movement, realise how it is related with your inner intention and mode.
1. Body: explore rotation in different parts of your body, in your neck, shoulders, spine, arms, legs, pelvis and more. Try to expand the amount of rotation and reach your maximum (in a gradual and daily process).
2. Hands: rotate wrists, elbows. shoulders, whole hand.
3. Instrument/Viola: right hand wrist - rotation with bow.
1. Start by rotating the wrist alone.
2. Rotate while holding small objects (such as a pencil).
3. Rotate wrist while holding the bow (without Viola
4. Same movement with the Viola.
3. Rotation spine:
1. down bow - rotate to the left (repeat).
2. up bow - rotate to the right (repeat).
3. down-up, speed gradually.
Breathing exercise with instrument:
Improvisation - listen to the music. hear your part in it. play it. Listen to yourslef. your hands will follow you. excited to hear the music, to discover it again. if you listen to the people's thought, to your thoughts and ego, you cant hear the music.
Try to give something to someone. Imagine what you would like to give to this person or people. Listen to them.
My name is Maya Felixbrodt, I play Viola, compose and do other interdisciplinary things which you can explore on this website.