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Revisiting a January 6, 2012 Topic - Setting up a Violin/viola
This topic is still an issue for many today and Fiddlerman has a really good explanation.
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In searching through old threads to see if there was something interesting or still an issue for violinists/violists/cellists, I came across this thread in The Violin Section started by 2manynotez on January 6, 2012. It is on page 84 of The Violin section. Fiddlerman has a response, #6, that is very helpful, so I thought I would provide a link for you all.

Cannot Hold Violin

This thread is about getting your setup correct, and this is a topic that just about every violinist or violist has dealt with and is never-ending.

I will continue reading through old posts and bringing to the forefront, those that may be helpful, or just plain interesting.

The Bumblebee Flies!

Please ignore any typos. My typing ability on a real typewriter did not transfer to these device key pads.


November 6, 2020 - 1:09 pm
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I think finding the right shoulder rest/chin rest combo can take some time.  Also, I think this set-up can change, particularly for adults.  I think young children starting out kind of shape themselves to their instruments.

I initially started with a Wolf Secondo & a Guarneri chin rest.  I injured my left shoulder (fell off a ladder), & exacerbated it by how I was holding the violin.   As a beginner, arm positioning can feel awkward.  It is important to not tense up. And if what you’re doing is causing pain, stop.

After 3 months of physical therapy, I changed to a center chin rest (Flesch with hump), with a Comford shoulder cradle, and was comfortable with them for a couple of years. 

Then after a while, these didn’t feel as comfortable (seems to coincide with when I was doing more shifting), and I tried a few different combinations again.  I ended up with (& use now)  a Bon Musica shoulder rest with a Wave I 1” chinrest.  The Wave is like a compromise between a center & side mount chin rest.  Don’t be afraid to improvise.  A woman who played viola in the ensemble group I used to play with used a piece of cardboard wrapped with shelving paper in lieu of a shoulder rest—it worked well for her.  I use a piece of cosmetic sponge on my Bon Musica so that it doesn’t dig into my chest.  Working well (for now). BonMusica.jpgImage EnlargerTheWave1.jpgImage EnlargerTheWave2.jpgImage Enlarger

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