Look inside

The look inside
In case you are unsure what you are looking at here, it is a psychedelic rendering of a violin F-hole. When you look inside the F-hole, you see the maker’s label, possibly evidence of old repairs, and the sound post. The sound post plays an essential role. It is responsible for the violin’s beautiful tone quality.

The invitation to look inward
I think of the sound post as analogous to your inner voice; the best part of yourself that contains your love of music, creativity, and all of your dreams. If the sound post is off by just a little bit, the tone quality of the instrument will be off. It is similar to the experience of your inner and outer worlds feeling out of sync or incongruent. When I first conceived of these cards, I was trying to help violinists solve issues in their playing by looking inward. This card deck presents an invitation to look inside.

The mind, body, spirit of music making
In your outer world you may need some inspiration. You may feel stuck in a piece you are working on. You may feel or hear something in your sound that doesn’t seem quite right. You may wish to play more like someone else whose playing you admire. I created these cards to help you through these times. It is a holistic approach to violin playing that weaves together music making with your mind, body, and spirit.

The Inspiration for Violinists card deck
This image is on the back of each one of the 50 cards in this deck. Every card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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