Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Italy version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Leggi ovunque Read anywhere
Modalità di pagamento Pocketmags Payment Types
Trusted site
A Pocketmags si ottiene
Fatturazione sicura
Ultime offerte
Web & App Reader
Loyalty Points

Shaping the head

Violin makers have always been aware of physical issues like repetitive strain injury – but it’s just as important to take care of their mental health and wellbeing. John Beames examines some of the most common problems, and suggests some ways to combat them


Points of interest to violin and bow makers

I’ve been getting worse, I barely have delusions of adequacy

Without a doubt, violin makers are a complex lot. Even so, when it comes to our personalities, we do display some commonality – characteristics that enable us to do the type of work that we do. Luthiers often face similar psychological challenges, from within ourselves and from the life we lead. Here I will be considering these factors, and offering some strategies to tackle them.

When I ask myself what essentially characterises violin makers, I think immediately of perfectionism, attention to detail, inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and patience. Of course there are even more, but it is these that drive us to perform with mastery and excellence, to persist in achieving high standards, and to encourage us in our making or restoration work.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of The Strad - September 2019
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - September 2019
Or 549 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 3,25 per issue
Was €54,99
Now €38,99

View Issues

About The Strad

We talk to the members of the Belcea Quartet and ask why more young people are turning to period performance. Students of Kató Havas pay tribute to the late violin teacher, and there’s a look at asymmetric instruments. Plus a Mendelssohn Masterclass and Renaud Capuçon’s Life Lessons.