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    MDP77
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    So i realized yesterday that i have created a bad habit…. I’ve been back playing for a little over a month now and i have not been playing with a shoulder rest.It was missing one of the adjusting nuts.I got it fixed yesterday and now the angle of the strings have changed and Im getting a lot of double strings. So now i have to retrain my muscle memory.If i watch my bowing im fine but when i turn my eyes to read the sheet music muscle memory takes over and the double strings start. lol it will takes some time but i think i can adjusted.

    #18237 Reply

    dilawless54
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    I had this problem while I was trying out different shoulders rests as well as playing with sponges, and without. I am happily now content with the rest I have and now can learn the angle and get my muscle memory back but it was aggravating while it was happening.

    #18376 Reply

    Suzanne Cox
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    You will be a lot happier playing with a nice shoulder rest I think! It will be worth it to re-train your muscle memory. As you work to re-establish muscle memory, this exercise might be helpful.

    Think of an airplane flying and turning through the sky. Pretend your right arm is an airplane wing. Tip up to the G string, close your eyes, and memorize this angle. Don’t play, just set your bow on the string in the middle of the bow. Tell your muscles “This is where G string lives”. Then tilt to D, A, and E repeating the mental exercise of teaching your muscles the angles. Then try mixing them up, A, G, E, D for example. Once you really know the angles for the middle of the bow, I would practice the same way at the Frog and again at the Tip. Finally, try playing open strings with each of these angles, really focusing on the angle. This should really help with cleaning up your string crossings. You will notice there is quite a difference in angle, several inches between strings. When you are playing notes especially, a flexible and fluid wrist helps tremendously with string crossings as well.

    Suzanne Cox
    Violin Tutor Pro Teacher

    #18380 Reply

    MDP77
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    Thank you Suzanne! awesome tip. i do bow rocking as part as my drills every practice session.I will add your tip in right after that! thank you. ive already gained some ground on the muscle memory and i think that will help finish it up. =)

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