Christopher Langley wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:53 am
If you aren't having physical problems.. Why change your approach?
To "turn" your wrist from what you are used to and comfortable with seems like a bad idea to me.
I don’t want to criticize, I believe everybody has the right to give his opinion, and it is good because it brings discussion and a lot of different ideas and suggestions.
So here I am not criticizing, and honestly I hate quarrels, but I just want to say why I don’t agree.
First why change if one has no physical problems? Simple: to avoid them. « Mieux vaut prévenir que guérir » better prevent than treat. And a better technique is more efficient, playing becomes easier and less tiresome, so playing is more satisfying and pleasurable.
Second: something may feel OK, and not be OK at all. As a kid I did not know I was short sighted, until I tried the glasses of a friend. Before that I would have thought that my sight was perfectly fine. I learned to play a couple of musical instruments, and each time I was naive enough to think I was doing things quite correctly, just to learn - with a teacher! - that I was really out of the track!! So my point here: we must not trust the feeling that things are OK.
And, by the way, I noticed from my experience (and from the students I had several years ago) that unfortunately we tend to do things NOT the good way: for clarinet and saxo, to play higher notes everybody tend to bite harder instead of open the jaw; for the flute, also for higher notes, everybody tends to pinch the lips instead of relaxing them, for the bow of the viola da gamba everybody pull the bow by distensing the elbow from the body instead of keeping the elbow along the body and extending the arm.. etc...