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    Priscilla Gaskins
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    Hi does anyone have any tips on how to not have wired facial expressions while playing?

    #15834 Reply

    Christie Morehouse
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    I was making little vocalizations. Did not even realize it, I was trying so hard. My teacher called it to my attention, & I think I have stopped doing it. Was just trying so hard!!

    #15938 Reply

    Priscilla Gaskins
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    Christie I don’t think I have made vovalizations while playing. When I have video recorded myself I was shocked! Looked like I was chewing a mouthful of gum! Totally unaware of this- now I try to put a smile on my face- this just makes one more of the many things to think about while playing!

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    Scott Adams
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    Yep. Totally with you there. I made a video review last week and realized I make so many weird faces – including my biggest pet peeve when watching other violinists… the dreaded “Elvis lip.” If you want an extreme version of this one, google Fiddlerman and watch him fly through his needlessly fast scales on his instrument reviews. The only solution I could ever come up with (at least for the video I was making) was to close my eyes when playing examples and not allow myself to get locked in on a gaze while playing. I know this isn’t a great solution while playing anything un-memorized, but hey… it’s a start, right? 🙂

    #15971 Reply

    Musiciater
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    Practice in front of a mirror! It’s so good for you, not just to see what you look like but to spot flaws in your technique. It’s especially good for checking the angle of your bow and to see what your arm is doing (making sure you’re not moving from your shoulder back and forth) and also to make sure you have your left hand in the correct position. It works, trust me. I have had many students reap the benefits of practicing in front of a mirror

    #15978 Reply

    Chris Guleff
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    Actually, have you ever watched the faces of the string players in a typical symphony orchestra? It comes with the territory. Here are some of my favorites:
    – the one who appears to be in pain throughout the performance
    – the one with the placid, daydreamy look, who appears to be in a trance
    – the one whose eyes are looking up at the conductor and back down at the music constantly
    – the one with the perfectly bored expression
    All in all, most of the symphony professionals have serious looks on their faces

    #16191 Reply

    Marlayum
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    Check out a young performance of David Garrett on you tube, where he has a dead-serous look and almost grimace on his face throughout, then check out some recent live footage of him with sweet, emotional facial expressions. This is likely the result of practicing his “look” so that audiences can get the whole visual and audio David Garrett experience.So I guess we all concentrate so hard we don’t realize how we look, and agree with the post about practicing in the mirror.

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    Priscilla Gaskins
    Participant

    Marylayum maybe we do have a practice face- never thought of that-I have performed before on violin and have no idea what my face looked like

    #16228 Reply

    HDuaneaz
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    I make some very strange faces when it sounds terrible. One day my daughter also pointed out that I grunt.

    #16234 Reply

    Marlayum
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    Ah yes, my teacher says he knows when I have caught myself making a mistake just by looking at my expression!

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