SHOULDERS & SHOULDER-BLADES
(CC. illustration by Matthew Wellman)
SCAPULAS - SHOULDER BLADES (OMOPLATO)
WITH A GOOD USE OF YOUR SHOULDERS
You can avoid:
- Pain in you Neck - back - shoulder - arm
You can improve:
- Your sound: when your arm gets a good support, you get a lot more weight and power in your bow, without adding tension.
- The mobility of your arm and fingers, the technique of your left hand.
VIDEOS ABOUT SCAPULA WINGING
SHOULDERS AND CELLO PLAYING
From 0:00 until 0:08 : No winging scapula, back support
From 0:08 until 0:28 : Winging scapula, no back support
You probably heard teachers say: "keep your shoulders down". I agree with the idea but this is not "that" simple...
Be careful, with scapula winging...
Of course lifting too much your shoulder is not good, but if your shoulderblades don't have good support, putting your shoulder down can be as bad as the opposite.
Your shoulder blade must find support from your back muscles because if not, you might get pain in your trapeze and neck. Your sound will not project as well as if you scapula gets good support because the weight of your arm will end up in your elbow. It often causes tendonitis.
Having great support from your back muscles doesn't mean your scapula will not move, but it will move differently, it will not "wing" (see drawing)
Once you built good muscle support, you can add as much weight as needed on the string, your whole body is connected, from your feet to the tip of your fingers.