Violin Tip of the Day
For Violin Students of All Ages
Practice and Rehearsal Tips.  Technique Pointers.  Violin Care Guidance. Exercises and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers or Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Today's Tip
Do you use a shoulder rest?

If you didn't immediately respond, "Of course I do," 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.  YOUR LEFT HAND SHOULD NOT BE PART OF SUPPORTING YOUR INSTRUMENT.  The purpose of the left hand is to finger the strings.  If you are holding the violin up with your left hand you are 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 most 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 a Kun Original for years, and still recommend it.  I currently use a Bon Musica, and I LOVE it.

Seriously, if you don't use a shoulder rest, consider buying one.  I've never known a violinist or fiddler who bought a good quality shoulder rest and regretted the decision.
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