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    dew156
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    I just wanted to put this out there. It’s not a question, just a statement for buying shoulder rests. Most of the time for most objects, a higher price yields better quality. But shoulder rests are a personal preference. When you go to buy a shoulder rest, try them out. Yeah, you can buy one online. But when trying them out you get to find one that’s right for you. And this leads to the price thing. I was debating between a really nice, really pretty $45 wood shoulder rest, and a $10 plastic one. I ended up getting the $10 one because although the $45 one looked nicer, the $10 one felt so much more comfortable.

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    MaryKateW
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    I’m experimenting with no shoulder rest. I didn’t think I would like it, but I do, at least so far.

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    dew156
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    I did that for a while in my second year of playing because I didn’t like the sponge and rubber band set up that my school gave beginners.But then I got a good shoulder rest and it was much better.

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    Chantelle
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    I totally agree! Shoulder rests and chin rests are only there for the players comfort and to help prevent injury. What works best depends on your unique body. Although, I’d suggest experimenting with chin rests first and then find a shoulder rest to match. Especially for people with long necks. If you have a chin rest that’s too low, but keep lengthening your shoulder rest it will cause the whole instrument to become too high and will cause your right arm to get out of whack. With a taller chin rest, it will cause the neck to be less bent over, resulting in less overall tension in the back of the neck. It also does not affect the position of the violin in relation to your arms.
    If you have a really short neck, you want to look for a short chin rest and you don’t need to lengthen the shoulder rest as much. You can even try going bare back if you find it does not affect your ability to shift.

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    olmmbill
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    Isn’t the shoulder rest a relatively new accessory? How come violinists played for centuries without them?

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