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Oct 23, 2020 - 3:15:04 PM
154 posts since 4/9/2009

Hello all,

My beard has grown a bit that last couple of years (almost to my belt), and I have noticed that the fiddle is slipping a lot easier when I play. It is hard to keep the fiddle from slipping. I do have a sholder rest.

I guess this is a predicament that would involve experimentation and trial and error, but before that I thought I'd see if there was anyone here who had the same or a similar problem who could give ideas.

Many thanks!

Oct 23, 2020 - 4:09:45 PM



175 posts since 7/5/2013

Although I am unfortunate to not be able to assume to look of a wizard, I do have a beard, I use a shoulder rest, though its more for playability than beard hinderance, but it does help from slippage.

Oct 23, 2020 - 4:10:28 PM

1831 posts since 8/27/2008

I have a beard but I keep it medium length. I haven't shaved since I started fiddle 16 years ago so I'm not sure, but the fiddle slips from my chin a little sometimes. I think a naked chin might grip the chin rest better. But I've also got the cushioning effect of the beard and don't have a red chin either. I don't have a long enough beard interfere with my shoulder rest, which maybe is your problem. Since your beard is long maybe you could part it in the middle and let it fall on both sides of the fiddle.

I don't know. But some day I might need to. Surly there are other long beards here.

Oct 23, 2020 - 5:54:39 PM
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5815 posts since 8/7/2009

Weave it under the tailpiece, tie it in a knot, and let that support the fiddle. No slipping, and a convenient way to tote around your fiddle when you aren't playing.

...oh come on.... you had to see that coming.

Oct 23, 2020 - 6:30:02 PM
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272 posts since 7/18/2014

I was born with a beard and have always had one. One time I cut it off, my wife says it was back in 1983, my three year old daughter wouldn’t have anything to do with me so I grew it back right away. Other than that one time I’ve had a beard.

No real advice except I did make my own chin rest with a slightly deeper cup than one you can buy, and that seems to help.

Oct 24, 2020 - 4:22:48 AM
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163 posts since 11/28/2018

May be time to rosin the beard ;)

Oct 24, 2020 - 6:01:39 AM

586 posts since 8/10/2017

Is the chin rest and friction against the skin really necessary for the fiddle to stay in place? I can play the fiddle without my chin on the chin rest. Lots of people can. Some people actually add a small cloth over the chin rest, which I would think would make it more prone to slippage. A well-bearded friend of mine has no chin rest at all. Maybe that's the solution.

Oct 24, 2020 - 6:18:40 AM



2710 posts since 6/26/2007

I let my beard grow and the fiddle put a curl in it. So I cut my beard length back.

Oct 24, 2020 - 7:32:41 AM
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2290 posts since 10/1/2008

Well .... I noticed the same thing when I grew my beard to "chest" length. Try a cloth on the chinrest. Something cotton or a flannel will help. There are also chin rest covers out there that may help I did not get around to trying them as it was time to trim my beard. That is a bi-yearly production if not more often. Luck.. R/

Oct 24, 2020 - 2:50:40 PM
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3059 posts since 6/21/2007

When I started I was growing a short beard (it soon came off) and had some trouble with slippage. I cut a piece of moleskin to fit the shape of the chin rest. That worked for me.

I have since shaved off the beard and just a year ago regrew it. One fiddle still has the mole skin (I got an old fiddle from my brother that I play now) and the newer-to-me fiddle has no moleskin. I'm considering adding moleskin to it.

Oct 25, 2020 - 11:07:31 AM



4114 posts since 6/22/2007

One of the more intriguing questions appearing on this forum!

If you have a beard,....
.... do you play with the end of the beard draped over the chin rest or just tuck it under your chin?
.... when you go to bed, do you sleep with your beard above the covers or under them?
.... do you store spare rosin dust there? .... or snuff? ... or a snack? .... or something else?

General interest
When you bow, do you inhale or exhale on the down bow? What about up bow?

Oct 26, 2020 - 7:03:18 PM

534 posts since 8/3/2013


*I haven't shaved since 2005.

Oct 27, 2020 - 10:08:23 AM



17 posts since 7/22/2020

Originally posted by sbhikes2

Is the chin rest and friction against the skin really necessary for the fiddle to stay in place?

I think it depends on the flexibility and/or length of the neck and perhaps the width. I've always had a bit of trouble with that but I can minimize it with certain things that I do as far as a gel pad on the chin rest.

If you've ever seen any videos of carnatic music played in India a lot of those musicians play their violins/violas seated on the floor in a cello type of position. I've tried it but it takes some getting used to. Or the old timey musicians who would cradle the fiddle down by their bicep sort of like they're carrying a football or maybe a baby. I'm sure it's a compromise but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do...

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