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    Hi there , I would like to know you opinion on using a shoulder rest or no , I never used oned and so far no problems but would like to know hat you think 🙂

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    95% of the time I would say YES you would need one. There are some violinist that play without but it depends on the length of your neck and your shoulders. Every body is unique so it’s hard to say. For me, I have a long neck, so I’m using the Primo Wolf shoulder rest. Enjoy!

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    Scott Adams

    The only right answer to this questions is for you to do whatever feels the most comfortable while keeping the instrument in the right position for good technique. Anyone who tells you that you “must” use an exact product of accessory is only trying to sell you something. Good music is the end result. Comfort helps along the way. 🙂

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    Ido play the violin with and without shoulder rest. I eould prefer to use shoulder rest though because it is more relaxing and allows me to have a longer play.

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    I personally use a shoulder rest because I have a long neck and I need to raise my shoulder to keep the violin in place (which I even had a problem with when I didn’t have a shoulder rest that was high enough) and it cause me a lot of problems with muscle tension. I also find that using a shoulder rest changes the sound of the violin, I don’t know how much of a difference it is to the listener but with it so close to me, without the shoulder rest the sound seems to be dampened and because my shoulder rest barely has anything touching my violin, it seems to resonate better compared to my old shoulder rest.. Could just be my imagination though haha.
    I usually try to get my students to use a shoulder rest unless they have a very short neck because it allows the player to be more relaxed.
    My violin literally just sits in place without me trying to hold it up with my hand and grab it between my neck and shoulder. Just having everything sitting the right way keeps it there.

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