Mechanically speaking, Leverage is the power gained from the actions of using a lever. The stick figure to the right is using leverage in order to exert power and influence on the heavy object. Leverage makes possible the seemingly impossible task of lifting a very heavy object off the ground.
The top Greek scientist from the period of classical antiquity, Archimedes (c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC), invented pulley systems which allowed sailors to use the principle of leverage to lift heavy objects. It is interesting to note that one of Archimedes most famous quotations is:
“Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth [with my lever]!”
In business, leverage is defined as making an investment with the goal of bringing about high personal returns and to have leverage to influence potential outcomes.
You will use your body to influence your instrument position, and, in-turn, influence all of the physical movements that you use in playing. Learning how to include leverage in your instrument position set-up is an intelligent and productive investment.
Always strive to have leverage working in your favor when playing.