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Careful not to poke anything long into the adjustment barrels to loosen or tighten a chin rest. A straightened paper clip might seem OK but will almost certainly scratch the violin. Use this:
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Below is a conversation between MGN and me, posted on hilary hahn.
I noticed that she really put her chin on the chin rest! Most people have their
chin on the tailpiece, like the luthier who fixed my sound post. After I
watched Hilary's video, i think it would be easier for me to bow on the lower
strings because of my short arms. Really, where should we rest our chin? (off
That sounded nice…pky I'm pretty sure you put your chin on the chin rest. I've never seen anyone with their chin on the tailpiece. I have seen players that don't use a chin rest and some that have a chin rest in the back center over the tailpiece.
I meant put your chin on the chinrest where it is right above the tail piece. I
am never able to rest my chin on the chin rest like hilary.
Hmmm? Maybe we need a pro to step in here? I do know how
important it is to feel comfortable with the violin rested on your shoulder
with no stress to you chin or shoulder. You want to be able to balance your
violin where you can have free movement of your left arm. You may need to be
fitted with a different chin rest.You should maybe start a new thread in the
learning violin section and ask about this and maybe even just snap a photo of
how you are holding your violin.
All i know is i was not able to hold the violin just with my shoulder and chin, llike the fiddlerman, after i got a shoulder rest, I am able to now. The luthier said my chinrest looks fine on me i just didn't hold it right.
Wow I didn't know you already had a thread started about the chin-rest pky. Some of my first posts on this forum were about this same thing. Now I can grab my violin without any shoulder rest and move my left arm all around (scratch my right shoulder, drop my left hand facing the floor...I can do it). It's great that you're thinking about this because it is part of the big picture that we need to get down before we even learn our first song (well no..we will always look at songs ;-).
If you're using a shoulder rest too that could be part of your problem. I said the heck with the shoulder rest and practiced with just the chin-rest and wow, I got it.
Took some time though. I suggest trying that then add in the shoulder rest and figure all that out for the best position.
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