Curious Question: Looking thru Your Strings

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    rod-c on #164207

    I found it interesting to hear Kay mention having a guest, in a print dress, stand next to

    unknown-user on #164208

    Yes indeed – I have an eye imbalance where

    rod-c on #164209

    John: Your reading glasses solution sounds right on target. I think I will try that.


    Rod C.

    sherry-lenox on #164210

    I was wary of trying a double strung lever for this reason so I’m taking it slow with trying to keep my eyes open while I play it.

    I just realized in reading these posts that the problem is changing focus from the music to the strings, isn’t it? In order to read my music I have to keep it right under my nose anyway so that helps me a little. When I play viola it’s very difficult for me to be a stand partner, except of course for the fact that it’s then the conductor and the music, not looking at the viola.

    I had bought stick on magnifying lenses but they didn’t work for me either, so I have returned to my childhood propensity to memorize everything. I guess this precludes learning highly technical music but maybe I’ll be able to wear contacts by then.

    tony-morosco on #164211

    I definitely have this problem if I am playing on a rug that has too busy a pattern.

    Also the one time I tried to play a triple strung harp I nearly fell out of my chair it made me so dizzy.

    darth-mom on #164212

    Rod –
    I had this problem, too.

    rod-c on #164213

    I asked my harp teacher, who is

    unknown-user on #164214

    I used to practice my harp while

    luanne-oreilly on #164215

    I realized I had this problem at my first gig, what a shock!

    Diane Patenaude on #164216

    Bringing your own background is a great solution – until last weekend at a wedding, the only place for the harp was beside the guests sitting down in the “audience”.

    Audrey Nickel on #164217

    I actually first noticed this problem when I GOT wood floors (well, bamboo, but it’s figured like wood).

    carl-swanson on #164218

    I can think of only one time that the background really threw me. It was about 10 years ago when I was giving a solo recital for the Connecticut chapter of the AHS. It was in a church meeting hall and the rug was a vibrant green with HUGE red roses all over it. Holy Christmas did that throw me. I managed to find a solid color blanket to place on the floor area that I would be looking at through the strings and that took care of it.

    David Ice on #164219

    I honestly don’t remember who said it, but she said “all it takes is one moving plaid in the first violin section and you’re toast.”

    unknown-user on #164220

    One of my very first jobs many many years ago was a very crowded cocktail party with me jammed in and people almost on top of me – a lady in a light beige dress with red and black horizontal strips came and stood with her buns about 18 inches from the strings on my right – not only that, but she moved side to side as she chatted so my strings disappeared completely and I got slightly seasick – took her a good 20 minutes to wend her way out of my visual path.

    unknown-user on #164221

    I’m so glad you brought this up!

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