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  • #6128

    Sophia Chan
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    I’m debating between whether I should use one or not. I’ve played both ways and sometimes I prefer playing without the shoulder rest but the instrument slips a lot more that way so I’m a bit torn.

    #6134

    BettyG
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    you could just go with one of the sponge type rest if you are more comfortable with out a solid rest. Me I have to much neck and a delicate skin so I have to use a rest but want to buy a better one than the cheap on I have. something that give more hold on my shoulder as I also have a weak neck so griping with my chin seems to fail me a lot.

    #6327

    Lizzy274
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    I personally like them, but I guess its really all about preference. My teacher taught me to play both ways but i prefer to use a rest only because the i can let my hand relax a bit by putting most of the pressure on my shoulder/chin.

    #6365

    karen l
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    • Contribution Score 27

    It’s painful for me to play without a shoulder rest! My collarbones dig into the body of my violin leaving marks on 🙁

    #6384

    Mariko
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    It’s personal preference. Among the professional violinists there are those who do use shoulder rests and those who don’t. So, it’s not about what’s right or wrong, it’s about what feels better for you. 🙂

    #6391

    newbieviolinist
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    I’ve just begun playing and it took some time for me to really mould my shoulder rest. I’m more or less comfortable with it on. I have a short neck though so it seems like the rest can be at times too high (even at the lowest height), depending on the clothing I’m wearing (bulky sweater). Thinking my issue may be related to the chin rest too, but my instructor doesn’t seem to think I’m having much issue with the set-up. I may change up the chin rest once I get more time in.

    So, yeah.. personal preference for most people. I went through three different shoulder rests before I settled on the one I have (Wolf Secondo). May still change later on.

    #6449

    ViolinLove
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    I prefer to use a shoulder rest. I have never been able to play without one. Hurt my shoulder and neck to much.

    #6457

    Sarah Juarez
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    I also like playing with a shoulder rest! I’d like to buy a new one though….

    #6714

    Three Chord Monte
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    I’m considering a Bonmusica 4/4 Violin Shoulder Rest. Anyone tried one of these?

    #6740

    ViolinLove
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    • Contribution Score 26

    I have always used a sponge rest. Seems to be most fitting for me

    #6872

    ArtisticElephant
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    I use an Everest hard shoulder rest with foam padding on it, rather than some gels I’ve seen. It works nicely for me, except that it slides off at some awkward times. It’s much better for me, though, than playing without a shoulder rest.

    #6887

    candas
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    I think i got used to it my shoulder rest so much that i can’t even imagine how to play without it.

    #6904

    Anteros
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    • Contribution Score 162

    I have a Bon Musica shoulder rest. I can’t imagine playing without it. It’s extremely easy to re-adjust so that you can get a snug fit for your shoulder.

    #6993

    sarajoy024
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    These are all helpful things to know. As I’ve stated in other posts I still haven’t gotten a violin but when I do this site is always the best at researching or asking questions about things like this. Thanks everyone for your helpful tips and suggestions!!

    #6999

    Mel-Mel
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    Which one is more beneficial to use, the sponge or the shoulder rest?

    #7002

    Sophia Chan
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    If this is the type of sponge rest you’re talking about, I would personally rather use a solid rest because it gives a bit more room for adjustment if you get one with adjustable legs.

    #7096

    William Bickerstaff
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    I use one… with my long neck I need it.

    #7243

    mario01414
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    I have always played with a shoulder rest, so it’s so awkward for me to play without it. But i guess it is just a personal preference, i don’t feel there are any setbacks either way as long as you learn to adjust to either using or not using one. However, I have heard that shoulder rests affect the natural sound omitted from a violin (something to look more into, i may just be speculating). I feel some people think they look cool not using one, however i don’t really agree with that. I know that back in early times of the violin’s usage, shoulder rests hadn’t been invented.

    #7368

    Cheridan Herr
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    I’m in the same boat, I like the feel of playing violin when I play without my rest I feel a bit free and it’s really fun but it slips so I use a rest. I still alternate between playing with and without a rest I don’t think I’ll ever just go with one way of playing so what you do is up to you.

    #7455

    bennybenben
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    I personally use a shoulder rest because it feels more comfortable. For me, not using a shoulder rest hurts my neck so I have to be using one. I really like the KUN shoulder rest because it sticks very well to your clothes and you can adjust it to your shoulder which helps.

    #7480

    William Bickerstaff
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    • Contribution Score 290

    I use the BonMusica shoulder rest. I have tried others but I like this one best.

    #7481

    thinkoutsidethebachs
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    I know some violinists who prefer playing without a shoulder rest, but I can’t stand not using one. I use a Bonmusica right now, but I’d love to try a Mach One shoulder rest.

    #7509

    Michelle Liu
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    I’ve played practically my whole life without using one but see what works out best for you!It really depends on the person. There are many types so if you need one, I’m sure you can find one

    #13431

    William Bickerstaff
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    • Contribution Score 290

    Keeping the head straight and holding the violin with head weight only is the key. It is bad posture to have the head bent and can cause physical problems later on.

    #13808

    barefootguy
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    I can barely play without one. My Wolf Forte Primo is the best one I’ve tried… love it!

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