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My first time playing without a shoulder rest.
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JuanFiddler
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Hi folks here I share with you the Rieding 1st movement in B minor. I decided to spice it up a bit and play without the shoulder rest. Hope you all enjoy it there are some details to work on but I loved playing this. Let me know your thoughts on it.

Cheers.

Juan 😎

https://youtu.be/J6OipAW8IRY

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Gorgeous, @JuanFiddler !

So what are your thoughts about "restless"? Are you going to continue without?

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@bocaholly thank you so much for listening 😊

Yes, I have to go through a process of adaptation first. So Im starting to take it off gradually. I feel the violin projects a better sound that is my first impression or maybe it's just me that im going wacko 😋

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Really nice and well done @JuanFiddler clapclapclap

Thanks for sharing that, wonderful start to my day 🙂

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Very nice! Did you have to get a higher chinrest to make up for the lack of a shoulder rest?

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How are you finding it, playing without the shoulder rest ?

I'm doing somewhat the opposite : always played without, but trying occasionally to use one. Up to now I find it rather uncomfortable, it restricts a bit my freedom of motion and suppresses most of the nice feeling of the wood transmitting the vibrations directly to my body (that's hard to describe). The plus side, though, is that it's easier to play 4th finger notes on the C string (I play viola, not violin) in 3rd position or higher, because the instrument is more angled "forward" (less parallel to the floor).

I think it may be different with a violin though. Let us know what it changes for you 🙂

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Beautifully played and well done without shoulder rest. Thanks for sharing! 

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That sounds fantastic Juan. I love the strong, confident tone you're getting out of the violin. Wish I could do that! 🙂

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Jim Dunleavy said
That sounds fantastic Juan. I love the strong, confident tone you're getting out of the violin. Wish I could do that! 🙂  

Thank you Jim. Don't worry, those newances come gradually and with time. Im working on lots of things to get a good sound. But as i'm doing the work i must learn to be patient. We need patience for our abilities to sink in and for them to evolve. You'll make it Jim 😎

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Beautiful playing, Juan 😀 And you look very comfortable playing without the shoulder rest. Looks like a good fit for you.

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damfino said
Beautiful playing, Juan 😀 And you look very comfortable playing without the shoulder rest. Looks like a good fit for you.  

Thank you so much i'm still getting used to it 😎

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Does it feel like you are freer? As long as you are comfortable and do not lift that left shoulder, you'll be fine.

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That was great!!! You did really well at it! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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Very nice! I'm currently working on the Kuchler Concertino, but the Rieding is on my list of pieces to learn. It's still a little out of my reach right now, but I'll get there.

How do you like playing without a shoulder rest? I love it. Much more freedom and feels way better. I just needed to get a taller chinrest because I hold the violin with the bottom purfling notched just under my collarbone instead of on top.

Keep up the good work!

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