It occurred to me this morning that playing the violin is a bizarre thing to do.
I mean how has something like this occurred where we (the human race) have evolved primarily to run after our lunch with a pointy stick.
My second thought (I know two in one day!) was that the phrase commonly used by violin teachers... "You should play the violin in a more natural way" is therefor obviously a load of rubbish. Lets face it, anything that isn't running after your lunch just isn't natural and there's nothing further away from mammoth hunting than coaxing weird noises out of a hollowed out log.
For me violin technique is a series of compromises. Every so called solution you or your teacher finds will inevitably create new exciting problems of their own, the trick is to find a way of playing that creates the least problems and the nicest sound. The key is flexibility, try new things and if they don't work, never mind and try something else.
Happy hunting everyone :).