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Today's Tip
Do you use a shoulder rest?

If you didn't immediately respond, "Of course I do," or "No, I've tried them, and they're not for me," or something equally strong this tip is for you today.

Most people who do not play the violin assume that a shoulder rest is just there for the comfort of the violinist.  While comfort is important, the shoulder rest plays an important part in being able to play well.

When you hold your violin you should be supporting the violin with your chin and your shoulder.  I believe that YOUR LEFT HAND SHOULD NOT BE PART OF SUPPORTING YOUR INSTRUMENT.  Your left hand's role is to finger the strings.  If you're holding the violin up with your left hand you're hampering the hand's free movement and not allowing your fingers to move quickly and smoothly as they move about the fingerboard.

TRY A SHOULDER REST.

Was that clear enough?

It will help position the violin properly for your chin and shoulder to hold the instrument in place solidly.  It will be more comfortable for you to play.  And, in many cases, it will improve your sound.

I have placed links on this page for you to see some of the more popular shoulder rests.  I used the Kun Original for years. I recommend it, but prefer the Kun Collapsible. I recently started using the Bon Musica, and I am absolutely thrilled with it!

The Zaret looks too simple to do anything, but a Suzuki teacher I know swore by it.  Having seen it in action I can vouch that it is a wonderful accessory for young beginners.  It helps maintain posture, and the students develop a great, strong grip on the violin if they use it consistently!

Seriously, if you don't use a shoulder rest, consider trying one. Is it NECESSARY? Nope! But I've never known a violinist or fiddler who bought a carefully chosen, good quality shoulder rest and regretted the decision.
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Wolf Forte Primo Violin Shoulder Rest Violin 4/4-3/4 Size
Kun Collapsible Violin Shoulder Rest 4/4 Black
Bon Musica Violin Shoulder Rest 4/4 Size
Kun Voce Violin Shoulder Rest 4/4-3/4 Size
Zaret Shoulder Rest for Violin or Viola Large
Wolf Forte Primo Violin Shoulder Rest .
Kun Collapsible Violin Shoulder Rest
Bon Musica Violin Shoulder Rest
I Use This One Myself!
Kun Voce Violin Shoulder Rest
Zaret Shoulder Rest for Violin or Viola Good for Beginner Violin Students
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