Posts Tagged ‘tension’

Havas New Approach – International Summer Academy for Strings in Oxford

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Kató Havas is a violinist and violin and viola teacher who developed the “New Approach to violin playing”, a method of releasing physical and mental tension, which could help prevent physical injuries and anxiety related to playing the violin or viola. A frequent presenter at European String Teachers’ Associaton events, Kató’s teachings are now continued by her assistant, concert violinist, Caroline Duffner.

The summer New Approach workshop to string playing is held in the beautiful setting of St Edmund’s Hall of the University of Oxford.

This year’s Summer Academy features a presentation by Candy Connolly, introducing South Indian violin playing with the New Approach.

This workshop is suitable for students and amateurs as well as performers and teachers.

Full details including booking information can be found here: carolineduffner.com/oxford-violin-workshop-2014

Please note that this event is not organised by BAPAM and we receive no revenue from it.

 

Gig Grips Drumstick Grips

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

“The most dangerous musical instrument is the drums,” says Dr Jaume Rosset i Llobet, Director of the Institute of Physiology and Medicine of Art-Terrassa, Barcelona (and co-author of the excellent, The Musician’s Body, A Maintenance Manual for Peak Performance).

For the last couple of years the Institute has been testing the effectiveness of Gig Grips Drumstick Grips, which were developed to enable drummers to play without over-gripping their sticks. “We have used Gig Grips for those patients who need to reduce the grip force used to play, such as those with traumatic hand injuries or over-use symptoms. We are very pleased with the results and will continue using Gig Grips with our patients.”

Over-gripping can also be caused by the tendency to grip harder as sticks start to slip whilst playing. This happens mostly during gigs where sweaty conditions and the pressure of performance combine. Over time, tension combined with the impact of hitting drums can lead to career-limiting injuries. The idea behind Gig Grips is to help by enabling drummers to play with a more relaxed and natural grip, reducing muscle tension, vibrations and impact shock.

They are produced by Think9 Ltd, a company focused on innovative percussion product development. You can learn more about Gig Grips at the website: www.giggrips.com.

Note: We haven’t tested Gig Grips here at BAPAM and can’t provide information on their effectiveness (though they’ve had lots of good feedback from professional drummers). We’d love to hear from any drummers out there who’ve tried them – what do you think?

Pianists Research

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Pianists, are you interested in taking part in research into arm tension and other painful conditions? 

Medical doctor and pianist, Dr Hara Trouli, is looking for advanced students and professional pianists to take part in this project. Dr Trouli explains:

I am a medical doctor and a pianist, currently also a student of the first Masters Degree on Performing Arts Medicine at University College London that was developed by BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) in collaboration with the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban.  I am conducting research on pianists’ arm tension and other painful conditions under the supervision of Professor Howard Bird who is a UK specialist in performers’ health.

We need to see advanced students or professional pianists who have suffered at some point a medical or painful condition (either diagnosed or not) of the upper limb or the cervical spine (hands, wrist, arms or neck) and analyse their piano playing through a triple method of video/ MIDI/ Electromyography.

The idea is to see whether these conditions show signs on the graphs of muscle tension in the arms and neck (electromyography), velocity, force and articulation of piano playing (MIDI) and on postural images of the hand and arm (video). We are aiming to bridge the technical pianistic accomplishment with the clinical history and to measure parameters that would be reproducible and available to both the pianists and the doctors for evaluation. We are also trying to see whether these parameters can be used in monitoring the progress of the pianist during recovery from a painful condition or an injury, and to also enable the pianist to use this method as biofeedback when they re-train.

The assessment of each pianist lasts 2 hours, it takes place in a studio in North London and travel expenses are covered up to £10.00.   Full information and consent sheets will be given to you before your assessment. We would need to see you in April or May and appointments can be made for any weekday or the weekends. We will also be pleased to share the results of your assessment with you and send you a full report of the recorded images. All information that we will receive from you is kept strictly confidential.

Please contact Dr Trouli directly if you’d like to get involved: haratrouli@googlemail.com  

Photo by David Denicolò