Key aspects of tension in instrumental playing

Most of players describe playing discomfort as tension. They associate the tension within motional blocks, hardly coordinated hands, pains, stress, frustration, expressional limit and lack of joy. Players even feel demotivation or even disgust to practice, because they are already in tension before real work starts. They are more or less afraid of their performances, because they lack of self-control within their own body-mind system. This tension is of course not only of physiological basis, but also psychical. These outcomes usually have more roots and the origin may vary for particular players, but in the end, they influence each other and tend to regression. We need to consider them always as psychosomatic. How does our playing become over-tense?  We will focus on perspectives within playing itself: Lack of awareness to…
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