Healthy playing, healthy body, healthy music

Healthy playing
Healthy playing for me means warming up before practicing, starting off with slow scales and taking frequent breaks. It also means making sure that my instrument, chin rest and shoulder rest are comfortable, my bow is rehaired on a regular basis, and my practice space is a comfortable temperature.

Healthy body
I thrive when I have a lot of movement in my life. I’ve been taking gentle yoga classes for many years and I recently started ballroom dancing lessons. Maintaining a healthy body also means getting enough sleep, eating good food, taking time off for socializing, rest and having fun.

Healthy music
Playing in a professional orchestra means that from time to time I have to play works that don’t come naturally to me. The organization may not have planned rehearsals in such a way that the repertoire feels fully settled by the performance. Therefore, for me, healthy music has to include my own musical pursuits. No matter what is happening in my paid work, I always play music I love in a way that is uniquely me.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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