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I have paid a lot of attention recently to supporting the violin with the collar bone. In any case, I am keeping the violin closely tucked in.
However, I now find that I have a hard time maintaining position if I'm wearing a shirt, particularly a heavy shirt such as flannel.
In addition, Fiddlerman videos use a T-shirt but this can not be formal attire for all gigs (?)
I have also read that some players insist on actual skin contact to control position.
( wearing what ?)
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My niece's teacher gave her a 1 inch thick sponge for a shoulder rest. I watch her hold her violin and it just seems to get in the way for her and make it slippery for her. I'm wondering if she even needs it at all or if she should try playing without anything. I play mine without anything without any problems (as of right now anyway).
I don't use a shoulder rest. The ones that came with my violins are uncomfortable no matter how I try to adjust them. I have been really comfortable using a cleaning cloth bunched up and held by a rubber band so my fiddle doesn't slip off my shoulder. Plus my cleaning cloth is right there when I'm done playing.
I've also often had an issue with (or without) my shoulder rest. I've just never been comfortable either way, and it bothers me that I need to keep shifting it up my shoulder when it slides. I tried the sponge, which was more comfortable, but still migrated downhill. There's no music shop for about 400km, so it's not convenient to go 'try one on' for fit.
What I really think is wrong, is that I'm too new to playing and don't have the comfort yet. I still have a severely 'grippy' left thumb, and trying to play vibrato just slams the violin into my neck repeatedly.
All these problems will resolve, I'm sure, when I get it together. I'm hoping that one day it will 'click' and life will become easier.
Ho hum ...
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