viostrap is working for me: cheap and easy, not as much fun as making one yourself though.
Originally posted by kurth83
viostrap is working for me:
I did try a strap around my neck, very uncomfortable and irritating.
Also, I could imagine my fingerboard popping off with how the strap fixed.
Edited by - buckhenry on 09/29/2019 22:34:54
Originally posted by pete_fiddle
i just persevered without a shoulder rest for a few months, (after trying 2 or 3 types, and pads and stuff), then everything seemed ok, not saying it's for everyone, but it's a starting point, (and a finishing point for me)......any old chin rest seems to do for me as long as it keeps my chin off the tail piece and the top of the fiddle
I put away my violin shoulder rest. Couldn't learn bowing with any shoulder rest; I've tried several styles, Kun, Everest, Viva, etc. On the day I put away my shoulder rest, and started placing a microfiber handkerchief on my collar bone, I started learning bowing more easily! It felt like I've found a "freedom". The violin sounds better without a shoulder rest, too, (at least to my ears). I can feel the violin's vibration more intimately whenever I bow without a shoulder rest. The teachers are not pleased with my decision to ditch the shoulder rest; (they rely on their shoulder rests to hold their violins). But they have admitted I could not learn to play violin any other way, so they let me be! :) (My kids, however, continue to use their violin shoulder rests as they prefer doing so.)
I am now using a Wickel Buckle with a Comford shoulder rest. That is working well for me. I expect to stay with this setup.
Edited by - chas5131 on 05/05/2020 15:55:43
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