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Poised for playing
Research shows natural posture yields best sound (video)
Monday, Jan. 11, 2010
By Cherie Winner, Washington State Magazine
Video courtesy of Washington State Magazine.
Anyone who has taken music lessons has probably absorbed enough instructions about posture to feel like a raw recruit at basic training: Stand straight! Head up! Toes forward!
Leah Jordan, a senior at WSU, says not to worry about forcing yourself into the “proper” position for playing an instrument. In fact, she says you’ll probably play better if you don’t - and she has the hard scientific evidence to prove it.
Jordan converted her personal experience as a trumpet player into an honors program research project that showed that most players play better if they stand the way their bodies naturally want to, never mind what the instruction books say.
Read more about her research in an article from Washington State Magazine.