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An odd shoulder padding
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West Virginia
December 9, 2013 - 11:13 pm
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I'm new, but I found something that might help a few people who play without a shoulder rest :) .  


I recently got my first student violin, and it came with the standard cheap shoulder rest.  I didn't like it at first, as the violin hurt my jaw a bit.  I later discovered it was the chin rest and made adjustments, but before that, I set off in search of something to pad my shoulder a bit.  The sponge method seemed not to work well for me, and didn't really help with the slipping.  I was at Walmart when I discovered a silicone trivet, a pot holder.  It's thin, will conform to my shoulder, doesn't slip, cheap, and because of the honeycomb style texture, still provides great padding for my bones.  Here's a link, though you can only buy them in the store and mine was black, not the yellow in the picture:

Byron Bay Australia

December 10, 2013 - 2:55 am
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If it works for you, go for it. How thick is it?

Myself, I like purpose made shoulder rest. But I had to try a few before I found one that suited me. I ended up buying a 'Wolf Forte Secondo'

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West Virginia
December 10, 2013 - 4:15 pm
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It's only about a half inch thick.  I don't use it now though, a few days ago for some reason my violin with the shoulder rest on just started fitting well lol.

Fort Lauderdale
December 10, 2013 - 8:55 pm
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Looks like a winner. :-) Thanks for the tip!

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December 10, 2013 - 10:28 pm
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I love the idea. And it worked until you got comfortable. Work arounds and make do fixes are highly under-rated. Pierre (Fiddlerman) uses a rubber make up pad. If you're comfortable and can play, go for it.violin-1260

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