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Anyone else experience this?
Shoulder rest and pain in the shoulder blade
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Fillmore Indiana,U.S.A
December 15, 2013 - 2:46 pm
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Hi everyone been a while since I've posted here I hope my topic is in the right place I guess maybe I should have posted this one in experience jamming etc.

Well its been a year since I bought my first instrument,over the summer I got rid of it as my second one has proven to fulfill my desires sound feel and looks,if it were a woman I'd propose in other words :-)

But being the consummate complainer I am there's still something wrong not with the instrument but my body I'm 45 and how can I put this I've not lived what one might call a model life 2 hairy car incidents(here I might add if you don't drink don't start and if you do don't drink and drive!) several years of working hard labor etc, and its taken a toll.

So to cut to the quick here around the time I bought my first violin and enrolled in classes at the local university I was also wracked with some serious back pain eventually I was forced to seek help from a chiropractor after six trips for three days afterwards it felt like my spinal cord was being yanked right out of the tailbone end of my spine.

But as luck would have it 5 days latter I felt just fine,but as of recent I've noticed only after maybe 5 minutes of playing that I feel like someone has their knee right in the center of my shoulder blades I would like to post a picture of how my shoulder rest is set up but have never been able to figure out how to do that.

The reason I say this is because I believe this may partially be part of the problem I'm using a Gliga Gems 2,the chin rest is much lower than the one that was on my other violin (cough cough I won't mention that one) but to the point the chin rest on the Gliga is where it should be and should be comfortable,yet I still seem to be in an otherwise uncomfortable playing position causing the pain in the middle of the shoulder blades.

I'm using a KUN shoulder rest I can hold the violin under my chin hands free with no problems yet whilst playing it still seems too high to really enjoy playing comfortably,I've watched Pierre playing and in every one of his video's I've noticed that the position of his instrument is where I would like mine to sit as it looks comfortable I'm going to fiddle(pun intended) a bit more with the KUN rest and see if there's any way that I can get it lowered to a proper fit and if not I'm going to have to look into something else.

I've put too much time effort and money into this instrument along with an investment of love for the sound it produces thanks to this forum fiddler shop and support from one member who would not allow me to give up when I was ready to throw in the towel I won't mention any names (Ferrite) but I would like to play pain free.

So I'm wandering if I might be heading in the right direction here with the thought that one of the Bon shoulder rest,it seems to look as if it would put me in a position where I would still be in a proper playing stance yet comfortable if anyone here is using this rest let me know what your opinion of it is.

Any help at this point would be greatly appreciated thanks for reading.      

Fort Lauderdale
December 15, 2013 - 10:34 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 11600

Thanks for the update and the warnings Watchtower68.
Finding a way to play comfortably is time very well invested. What shoulder rest you use would depend greatly on your build. We might be able to determine whether or not the Bon Musica could work out for you if we saw a picture of your shoulder/colarbone, neck and jaw.
Glad you haven't given up. :-)

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