‘Oh my Bach!’ I need a violin stand! The hopelessly hunched musician did cry out.
We all know that with great instruments comes great responsibility. There are so many fears that come with owning an instrument! Some of us even compare them to a newborn child. We swaddle them in the best cases and bags, hoping (praying) that the elements stray pedestrians, and freakish acts of God don’t affect them.
The truth is that while musicians have on-stage moxie, guts – and any other 90’s slang words you can think of regarding confidence – there are still those aspects of music that can (let’s be honest) be a real pain in the derriere – or the lower back, whichever strikes first.
If you are the proud owner of an instrument, you will know the struggle that comes with dragging it around. We say “dragging” because most times, this is what it feels like. Heavy duty, hard work. You either end up with a strength training session you weren’t quite keen to undertake, or you end up feeling like you should run off to a bell tower and take up a career as Quasimodo, because you’re pretty sure you’re suddenly deformed now. Cellos, we’re looking at you.
Musicians generally carry around 3-35 pounds of melodic treasury when they decide to take their instrument out on an adventure. One of the lightest instruments, besides the obvious triangle, is the trumpet at 3 pounds. Heavier instruments, such as the tuba and bass, when cradled in their carry cases, can cause a muscle-man dead lift of almost 30 -40 pounds. True story.
And then comes family photo day – and the photographer shouts out “Up straight!” You stare ahead. “Up Straight,” he says again. You look around. “You,” he says, “yes you!” You point back at yourself, confused. Highly confused. And there it is…your mild deformity, exposed. The lazy shoulder. Half up, half down. The shameful habit (we said habit, not hobbit) of slinging your instrument over one shoulder has finally caught up. “She’s a musician,” someone says. Photographer nods. Everyone sighs. Forgiven.
Truth is, musicians are like athletes, really. Pushing their talents, skills and bodies to the limit, just to acknowledge some form of an improvement, even slight – in anything. Then later lament as to why their shoulders ache and why they walk around with a lopsided kink in their necks.
It isn’t uncommon to find a muso in the physio room, lying in an uncomfortable position while being pulled and prodded until the tension build-up is finally released – only to return to their craft the very next day and start the process all over again. Self-Sabotage – yummy.
Pokes and jokes aside, transporting an instrument throughout a musical career can be a taxing affair. To help the trade, we could limit our practice or performance time (as if!) or, we could just search high and low for some solid long-term solutions. You only have to see how happy some violinists are these days to appreciate that they know something most of us don’t. It’s called the AIRstand, and it’s the new ‘bow-ing’ 747 of the violin stand and viola stand circle. Cue harps.
Our trendy looking violin stand effortlessly allows you to secure your violin or viola in a sleek and stress free manner. It has space for two bows, and space for the violin or viola instrument of course, is foldable and adjustable. And it’s light. Did we mention that? Super light. Like 4.1 pounds light. Purchased online from www.airmuso.com. Or better yet, why not pop us an email with your thoughts and/or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s be honest, most musos would sell their left kidney if it meant that the entire process of playing, practicing and transporting the beloved instrument was that much easier.
#AIRstand – #violinstand. It may not effect world peace, but it will take the load off your shoulders, and most probably your entire life. Up straight? Yeah, whatever.