I find What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body to be a very interesting, provocative and helpful application to violin playing.

Donald Weilerstein
New England Conservatory & the Juilliard School
Founding first violinist, The Cleveland Quartet

What Every Violinist Needs to Know about the Body by Jennifer Johnson is an excellent and informative book on Body Mapping: understanding bone structures and the way these bones work with each other and with attached muscles. Putting this knowledge into action results in a balanced distribution of muscle work throughout the body and promotes the freedom necessary to achieve pain-free and successful performance. The book also discusses myths that prevent efficient mobility. It contains a wealth of information for teacher and student, professional and amateur alike. A worthwhile addition to your bookshelf!

Marilyn McDonald, Professor of Violin
Oberlin Conservatory

The explanations make this book essential reading for violinists wishing to avoid strain and improve performance.

Oct.2010 issue