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Kvothe the Arcane
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How do people feel about instrumentalists who suffer from pull-face-itis? A lot of people are pretty hateful about this topic :lol:.

It used to really irk me. I detested Lang Lang, for example, because he makes the most ridiculous expressions whilst playing. I have, however, revised my opinion and try to focus on the sound rather than their faces.



For an example of what I mean, consider 5:21 in the above video.
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There's a violinist I play with in studio that closes his eyes and rocks his head back and forth whilst playing, as if he's 'lost in the music'. Looks ludicrous in my opinion.

I do get the whole 'live music is a performance' thing but it's not my cup of earl grey.
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I don't know much about Lang Lang. He just looks funny when he does that. But the other musicians that I know of who are very "into it" when they play their instruments tend to close their eyes and kind of sway to the music. I'm fine with that. I get how their passion comes across physically.
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I am guilty of doing this occasionally especially if I am playing a long emotive piece. Honestly I think it makes you look better as if you really know about the music and your instrument ...
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My favourite thing (even more than silly faces) is what I call performance hair. This is when an instrumentalist has hair that moves about (often in a stylised manner) when they are playing expressively and pulling silly faces :yep: Like if someone has a long fringe that bounces around while they play :teehee:

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I think it just demonstrates how engrossed in the music they are, nothing wrong with letting yourself get carried away, don't really see why it would annoy anyone tbh lol, music is for the ears anyway.
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(Original post by homeland.lsw)
I am guilty of doing this occasionally especially if I am playing a long emotive piece. Honestly I think it makes you look better as if you really know about the music and your instrument ...
What do you play?
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(Original post by BWV1007)
What do you play?
Piano
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