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Biofeedback and Self-regulation

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 161–168 | Cite as

In vivo EMG biofeedback in violin and viola pedagogy

  • William R. LeVine
  • Jeffrey K. Irvine
Article

Abstract

In vivo EMG biofeedback was found to be an effective pedagogical tool for removing unwanted left-hand tension in nine violin and viola players. Improvement occurred rapidly and persisted throughout a 5-month follow-up period. Further studies will be necessary to assess the effect of biofeedback independent of placebo effects. The brevity of the method and the magnitude of improvement warrant further investigation.

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biofeedback music musician occupational disease muscle retraining 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. LeVine
    • 1
  • Jeffrey K. Irvine
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Kansas School of Medicine-WichitaWichita

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