Investigating Aspects of Movement in Violin Performance

  • Gongbing Shan
  • Peter Visentin
  • Manfred Nusseck
  • Claudia Spahn
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The violin plays a central role in Western classical music traditions. Performing on the violin requires a complex interaction between motor control and auditory perception. The development of such skills requires extensive training over a period of years. With modern movement analysis techniques, characteristic motor behaviors associated with violin performance can be revealed. This chapter overviews research findings regarding the kinematics and kinetics of posture, bowing, fingering, and limb movements of violin players. These provide insights into the mechanics of playing the violin. More importantly, they can help to improve skill acquisition, control efficiency, and, concomitantly, musical effectiveness through their discussions of motor control economy, compensatory strategies, anthropometrics, and ergonomics.


Violin performance Gross motor control Fine motor control Biomechanics Movement coordination Compensatory movements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gongbing Shan
    • 1
  • Peter Visentin
    • 2
  • Manfred Nusseck
    • 3
  • Claudia Spahn
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Arts and ScienceUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada
  2. 2.Department of Music, Faculty of Fine ArtsUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada
  3. 3.Freiburg Institute for Musicians’ MedicineUniversity of Music Freiburg, Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sebastian I. Wolf
    • 1
  1. 1.Movement Analysis LaboratoryClinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery; Center for Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury;Heidelberg University HospitalHeidelbergGermany

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