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    When I rented my first violin, I was “given” a standard shoulder rest. I have struggled since then to “get a grip” on my violin the right way and to keep from needing to grip the neck in my left hand. I have alternated between pain and occasions where the violin has almost fell out of my hand while I tried every different type of shoulder rest made. I even bought really really expensive sponges (probably my second best option), and have bent, customized, and otherwise fiddled (no pun intended) around more with my violin hold than with actual practice. I just want to say that in your search for a good, comfortable hold on your violin – DO NOT GIVE UP. Somewhere out there is the solution for you – it may not work for others, because we are all a bit different. I am just so thrilled that my new shoulder rest works, that I just marched through the house chanting “I found it!” and promptly sat down and played my best scale over and over. I am not giving the brand or type, as you will find it in another section and I don’t want to give false hope… will find what works for you, and if you don’t, then go out and have someone make it for you. that advice goes for about anything i life I guess: If it is worth it do not give up, and yes, YOU are worth it!

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    I have had different types of shoulder rests. I was have a lesson with my grand daughter the other day and tried her shoulder rest which is an Everest. I really like that. A violinist the other day told me that even professionals are always trying to make the comfort of holding their violin better. I think if I get a Strad Pad it will be perfect.

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    I think I have found mine. It feels good right now. But, I’m just a rank beginner again playing left-handed, so I will give it time to make sure.

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    I can’t stress enough how important it is to find the right chin rest and shoulder rest combination that is right for you. They are there not only to make vibrato and shifting easier, but more importantly for your comfort. After playing for the majority of my life with a chin rest that was too low, I’m now experiencing neck and back problems in my early 20s. I’ve been working with an athletic therapist who actually started out with a music degree, but it is much easier to prevent a problem than it is to correct it later on. If you have a short neck, you don’t need to worry about the chin rest as much and can focus more on finding the perfect shoulder rest. If you have a long neck, you need to first find a chin rest that is tall enough for you. Then experiment with different shoulder rests to match.

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    EL Go

    You’re right…I am worth it!

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    I struggled with the same thing and wanted to give up. until my teacher said to start with the chin rest. I didnt want to spend money but gave in and just bought a new chin rest that is 35mm. It solved a lot of my problems, I bought a shoulder rest that I could bend to my comfort and adjustable height. Between the two and posture changes, I’m not hurting anymore and am enjoying playing now.
    It was an investment of almost $75 but totally worth it. My playing even sounds better.

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