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Ordered the shoulder rest and strings tuesday the 28th received them monday the 6th. due to limitations of time, i put the rest on tuesday morning and thats when things started happening.even though i could only try it briefly this is what i noticed.#1) instead of the violin hanging down at a 45 degree angle, it brought it up level and no more need to support it with the left hand. as it brought the violin up higher off my shoulder #2 happened, it took alot of tension out of my forearm wrist and hand ( the tension was not caused by supporting the violin.if you will hold your left wrist arm and hand in playing position at or just a bit below shoulder level and get a feeling of the tension, then keep everything lined up, raise your hand up a few inches) for me it relaxes the bicep and forearm muscles a bit and is alot more comfortable. and lastly, it for reasons unknown to me has made my bowing cleaner. i am gonna try it later with the old strings on as i havent put the fiddlerman strings on yet, just to make sure that the bowing really is cleaned up. if it is cleaned up i suspect its because the violin is more level and i can maybe concentrate more on bowing than holding up the violin.
after changing the strings, its like i have to learn all over again, they are in the same spots on the bridge and on the nut but they are different somehow. the old ones looked similar to guitar strings as they were wrapped and you could see the wraps on them. the fiddlerman strings are smooth looking so i guess this is what the difference is and i just have to learn how to play them i guess it might be easier as they get broken in. i'm just doin alot of guessin here, seems as tho the sound isnt as harsh as the old strings and i like that.