Posted by bj on Thursday, October 9, 2008
After a discussion on fiddle posture on the forum, I analyzed my playing position and tried to figure out why I was getting neck stiffness after extended play. It was a combination of two things. One is I was tensing up my neck when trying to play fast, and the second was the chinrest.
I tend to put my chin down smack in the middle over the tailpiece, and the dresden chinrest isn't shaped comfortably for that. So, when I clamped down to steady the fiddle during faster play, the shape of the chinrest was tilting my head and neck ever so slightly in a not so good way.
I poked around online looking at other chinrests and decided to try a Flesch. I'm happy to say that this seems to be working much better. I do have to tweak the Kun, since this is a higher profile chinrest than the Dresden, but overall my neck and chin and head are in a much more natural position on the fiddle. I played for around 45 minutes last night and didn't get any neck stiffness at all.
Friday, October 10, 2008 @7:27:32 AM
I've also got a Flesch, and I really love the smooth, even shape of the cup. I have it positioned to the left of the tailpiece, but I have noticed that it's shaped so that one can position it directly over the tailpiece -- I've wondered if that would be advantageous. Haven't tried that yet, as I'm so used to having my chin to the side of the tailpiece, and I don't want to completely rearrange what little playing skill I've scrounged together. :) But I can definitely see how it would be beneficial for someone like yourself who is instinctively positioned over the tailpiece to begin with.
Friday, October 10, 2008 @7:50:44 AM
Yeah, the shape is better too, since the curves are much less severe, so you can shift around a bit without running into issues. And it just feels nice. I'm getting two more for my other fiddles.
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