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I can't figure out how to hold my violin on my chin without using my left fiingering hand to support it. I do have a shoulder piece but it makes my violin sit too high. The chin rest? How do you figure it out? I really want to figure out how to keep the violin on my shoulder so I have more freedom to play notes. Before I find the right size chin rest, I think I should be able to hold my Cecilio as is. How the heck do you hold this instrument with neck and shoulder only?
Use a shoulder rest(almost all of the shoulder rest are adjustable), left hand should not support the violin because it's really hard to shift from a position onto another position and freedom on notes are very important. Make sure that you hold your violin properly to have a maximum comfortability. My case, I can hold my violin w/ just my shoulder and chin. Good Luck Kuya myguitarnow.
P.S. I'm curious if there's any retail store who're selling Cecilio here in the Philippines? are you from Phils. ryt?
You probably will not be able to hold the violin, while playing, without help from the left hand. You may be able to hold the violin without hands if you are motionless.
Finding the right chin rest is a nightmare. Some dealers will allow you to do a trial on a few chin rests rather than test some of the 50+ models that are on the market.
There are people who will custom make a chin rest but that can run a lot of money. Probably at least $200.
You are correct not to use a shoulder rest for your stated reason (shoulders too high). Even worse, nobody offers a shoulder rest that is an ideal companion for some chin rest. Twice the trouble.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Oh I see! If your violin sits too high..uhmm you maybe have a high shoulder( or a short neck) or shoulder rest?, but in my case I can't balance my violin w/o the help of shoulder rest and I use the curved one that looks like "S", like oliver and fiddlerman said not all the chinrest are fitted to everyone so it's kinda hard to find one that's fitted to you.
PS Im very lucky that both of my chinrest and shoulder rest is fitted on me
rotex13 just curious ........ what chin rest are you using ?
it kinda look like this http://www.westfieldguitar.co......asp?ID=718
Thanks for the feedback.. I think I have an average neck Fiddlerman 😉 i'll look for local violin shops. For now I'll re-visit your lesson on holding the violin and look for other videos online. I am able to balance it pretty good with using my thumb while keeping my hands free. I just don't want to start off on the violin developing bad habits.
Update: I have been doing some more practicing to feel comfortable holding the violin. One thing I do have is broad shoulders and I think I have pretty big collar bones. I am sliding the violin more towards the inner of my shoulder in between my collar bone. Don't know how to explain this really but for sure everyone is a little different and practice until everything feels comfortable and practice more.