Claustrophobia-like feeling when playing fiddle
Whether I’m at the session, or playing with one or more other people in some other setting, even outdoors, I get a strong paranoia that there isn’t enough space, and I’m absolutely convinced I’m about to thump someone with my bowing arm, or the walls are too close and I’m gonna break the top of the bow, or I’m jabbing someone with the scroll, etc. It causes me to really tense up while playing. Even if I’m at a lesson in my teacher’s huge living room, I’m still paranoid I’m too close and am about to wallop him any second, and the tension takes over again. If I can see a person or an object or a wall or something even if it’s barely visible out of the corner of my eye, I’m convinced I’m going to hit that person or thing, and it’s gonna be bad.
I do have poor depth perception which probably contributes. It’s possibly the entire cause of it actually. I sometimes overreach for door handles and punch the door (oww!) or I underreach and grasp fruitlessly at thin air.
I don’t suppose anyone else has had this, or if you’ve any suggestions I can use to sort out my understanding of how much space I actually take up when playing so I can lose the constant worry?