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Am a retiree of 68 yrs. Puzzled about holding the instrument between Chin and Shoulder because I have virtually no neck. I have a nice ebony chin rest and have a 'Mach One' shoulder rest but I have yet to achieve the positive grasp of the fiddle that I think will allow me to reduce the amount of pressure exerted by my left hand which should be busy with fingering.
I kinda have the same problem as you, Ray. A shoulder rest is probably too much so I would take FM's idea for little sponge pad he offer's and use that, it will grip your clothing nicely.
I eliminated my chin rest, even though it was very very small, I now use just a rubber band from the corner to the end plug. Seem's to work just fine for me, my chin doesn't slip on the rubber band.
Here's a photo of it.
Why do I always have to insert a picture in a different window, i'm doing everything right.
Hello Ray, and welcome from Southampton, England!
Puzzled about holding the instrument between Chin and Shoulder
I had some trouble with that too. I couldn't make progress until that was solved. I consider my time playing the fiddle as having started only when I could hold the fiddle comfortably with no hands and without feeling that it was slipping or falling. IMO you have to experiment and look around and ask around until you solve it. I would also say to not tolerate any pain anywhere when playing. If it hurts, change things until it doesn't hurt.
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