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Trying with no shoulder rest.
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NoirVelours
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Even though I am comfortable with my shoulder rest and always used it since day 1, today I tried playing without it just because... in baroque violin there are no shoulder or even chin rest! surprised yes I know I don't have a baroque violin but I was curious as always. so I put a soft cloth on my shoulder (to protect my neck also) and... hey this is even more comfortable then with my shoulder rest! My neck is short and the violin feels more like snuggled against me instead of braced against me.

I dunno if I will play with or without, I guess I will alternate both for a while and see which one feels more natural for me and most important: which one gives me less tension in my arm!

"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov

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Always worth a try as long as your neck doesn't get confused.

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and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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Hey NV! Try using a pad, like a makeup app. or a car wax app., FM has makeup pads and I think that is what he uses. I like it better because of my short neck.

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It looks like a sponge for cleaning batroom, only round wink

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April 25, 2012 - 6:57 pm
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I tried going with out shoulder rest for about two months, but ended up back where I started .

I have been playing around with holding the fiddle down low . Like our old friend Doug Kershaw.violin-student

No matter where you go, there you are!

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Fiddlerman
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April 25, 2012 - 9:30 pm
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It's completely rubber though.

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A sponge will slip...All rubber grips.

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My solution sequence goes something like this:  Nothing at all --> Thick (although not the abnormally thick ones) chinrest --> Small pad with a rubber band --> a full blown shoulder rest. 

Ignore all famous violinists who say a shoulder rest affects tone quality or technique.

Be highly suspicious of anyone who suggests "Just hold it up with the left hand" because it aint that easy otherwise it would be commonplace amongst orchestra players and soloists.

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sounds painful

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