Friday, December 29, 2006
Playing with Glasses
Now the problem. No matter how close or far away I put the music stand, I can't see the notes without glasses. If I wear the bifocals, I have to tilt my head back in order to use the magnifiers, causing a crick in my neck. I tried lowering the music stand so I wouldn't have to peer through those small little bifocal windows, but it didn't help much, I still can't scan the whole page, or read ahead. So I have to wear my readers when I play my cello. Even though reading glasses aren't really intended for use at that distance (about 2-1/2 to 3 feet), they have worked out OK, which pretty much takes care of the issues about reading the music at home.
But now, when I go to orchestra, I can only see my music. The conductor, her baton, and anything else going on in the room are pretty much blurred out by my reader glasses. I end up having to wear them lower on my nose and peer over the top of them to see what else is going on. So, I once again find myself tilting my head back to see the score, I may as well just use the bifocals...
I think what I really need is a reverse bifocal, with the bottom part taking up 2/3 to 3/4 of the lens and leaving the top portion for distance vision. My optomotrist said he'd never seen this type of setup (after a quick glance at me to see if I was kidding him or maybe to see if I was crazy...)
I'm guessing most other musicians who wear glasses have a similar problem. But how do people deal with it?
As for myself, I don't need reading glasses yet, but I have 'normal' glasses to see things at a distance (TV, the conductor). A few years ago when those really small frames were trendy I had a hard time finding a fashionable frame with which I could read music and see the conductor without having to lift my had a whole lot.
Another vision-challenged player in my orchestra group painstakingly rewrites his music with bigger notes and wider/darker staff lines, using oversized sheets cut down from poster paper.
I think I'll bring some music to my optomotrist and ask if there is a middle distance prescription that might work for me...
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