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I don't use a shoulder rest, the violin doesn't feel comfortable at all, it digs into my collar bone and makes it sore
Yeah, you will have that. >you need to make some adjustments.> consider everything that members will suggest. > It hurt my collar bone for a bit > I said to myself > that SUCKs!! > I then made adjustments so it would not do that > I was able to correct that by trying what others posted here > It was a big help > It is not much of an issue anymore > Yeah > you will have that.
I use a shoulder rest on electric and don't use one on acoustic, but both of them would bite into the collarbone. Not because of the violin, but because of the metal chinrest clamp. Some folks lay a cloth or handkerchief over the chinrest and around the bottom of the violin, some use something like a thin cosmetic sponge to give it a bit of cushioning.
My solution was just to cut a scrap of soft leather and punch a couple holes in it.
I don't know what is up with chinrest clamps. I can only guess that they were designed by people who played though several layers of clothing or maybe just were sadistic. LOL
But the left hand and the right arm and shoulder hurting aren't likely caused by that. Are any other joints of the body that maybe you don't think of as connected with violin playing hurting as well? If it is a more widespread problem, you might need to consider seeing a doctor. If it seems strictly limited to what you use when playing, is there anyone near where you live who teaches or plays that might be able to check your posture and etc in person?
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Thank you for showing me that picture, i used that the cloth solution and it helped alot
i have made some adjustments to my violin, i have ordered a shoulder rest but for now i attached a few socks to the bottom of my violin and it actually helped haha, i find the bow too long for me so i was wondering if i could use a 3/4 bow instead?
I'm self taught so i knew i would run into some problems but there is no violin tutors where i live
If your left hand is also hurting, there might also be something with posture or with gripping too much.
The violin should feel light and airy under your neck and no real clamping there, reaching with your left arm or gripping with your left hand should be necessary. Everything should sort of feel loose and flexible.
Definitely give the shoulder rest a shot; it will most likely make everything feel more stable and allow you to grip a little less. Although I began learning without and can still play without one, certain techniques, such as vibrato, feel much easier to me when using a shoulder rest.
In any case, if you have a video of yourself playing, we could probably give you more specific pointers.
I suggest you send another two pictures of the new situation after you modify both your left hand and right hand holds.
It is also possible the bow screw has been tightened too far (I cannot see from the photograph) so that could be checked with a third photograph of the middle section of the bow (side on) if you would add that too.