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    bichon
    Participant

    Today i sat down for the first time to practice and i found my neck hurting rather quickly. i think its because maybe my violin is positioned too low ? is there a difference between sitting and standing in the way i should hold the violin. ?
    i also notice that when i use the shoulder rest, that i have to twist my neck a bit to have it rest in the depression on the violin’s chin rest. is it necessary to find a position so that my chin rests squarely on the chin rest ?

    #3477 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Bichon! The biggest thing with holding the instrument is that you have to have a good shoulder rest setup to keep it level. If you do this properly, you will relieve tension against your neck. Think about how you would sit naturally in a chair–that is how relaxed you want your neck to be. To be able to achieve this you have to adjust your shoulder rest in a certain way, or consider trying out other ones. Once you find the proper height shoulder rest and how it feels, you will be able to get to that natural state.

    Make sure your instrument is always level when you play, which can be accomplished by either standing up or sitting. Make sure you sit at the edge or your chair, as this promotes good posture.

    I would recommend checking out some of the options I have on my website. The suretone shoulder rest is a very unique option that works for a lot of people. It is highly adjustable and easy to use. It won’t fall off your instrument which is nice.

    #3556 Reply

    bichon
    Participant

    Thanks so much !. I just ordered your Suretone shoulder rest ! Can’t wait !. I’ll report back on its progress .
    steve R

    #3559 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hope you enjoy it Steve! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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