1. to ensure the optimum size and shape body resonator.
2. to create a relaxed body, essential for the state of meditation.
do not twist the body !
do not pull the right shoulder back, or the left shoulder up !
do not bend your head, or rest your chin on the chest !
When standing the elbows may come forward to hold the instrument away from the body. In this case keep the line between the two elbows parallel with the line of the shoulders and body.
You need not stand on stage like a wooden puppet of course. Some performances demand showy movements. But try to remain aware of your posture while playing, and the effect it may have on your tone, your state of meditation, and the danger of RSI (repetitive strain injury).
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