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Old 06-20-2007, 06:57 AM
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Question question about shoulderrest

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I began to learn violin weeks ago. Now, Some of my friends suggested I should use a shoulderrest, while others suggested not.
It puzzles me now.
Could anyone please give me an advice and the reason?
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Old 06-21-2007, 05:12 PM
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I think that you should definitely use a shoulder rest, I would recommend anything by Kun, they are very sturdy, adjust well, and are pretty comfortable. Violinists in every genre (fiddle, classical, jazz, etc.) use a shoulder rest. It lifts the instrument up off your shoulder, helps you to maintain a proper playing postition, and it is certainly easier to tune with one because it stabilizes the instrument (enables you to take your left hand away to turn the pegs). Also if the violin has been hurting your clavical area while you play, the clamp part of the chin rest is probably rubbing you , and a shoulder rest will alleviate that. They take a bit of getting use to the way it feels, but I think you will find it much easier to stay in proper playing position.
you can but a Kun from shar music or southwest strings, but south west strings is probably the cheapest.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:45 PM
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I agree with Alayna, the Kun is one of the best I ever tried and I highly recommend it. Unless you have a very short neck, it's always better to have something to help you to have a good playing position.

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Old 06-24-2007, 04:51 AM
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Alayna and Fabrizio - VSM, Thank you so much for your advice.
I got a shoulder rest yesterday, but felt a little uncomfortable when using it.
I suppose that I'v not become accustomed to the shoulder rest yet.
However, I'll practise more and see.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:56 PM
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Yes, if you never used it you should feel better in a few days. But if you have any pain and it doesn't go away after one week, you should try something different (different type, shape, material, etc.).

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Old 08-16-2007, 05:36 AM
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I would suggest it. It's hard on your neck otherwise. Although some people have gotten used to it, I swear by it.
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:21 AM
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Thank you for the suggestion!
I'v been much more accustomed to the shoulder-rest through these days practise.
Some days ago, However, I hear that a famous female violinist, whose name I'v forgotten, decided not to use the shoulder-rest any longer which she has played with for many years. Isn't it a little strange?
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:50 AM
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Yes, many violinists plays without any shoulder/rest, but that depends usually by the length of your neck. Generally speaking is always better to have a shoulder/rest.

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Old 12-22-2007, 04:34 AM
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Default I need special ShoulderRest

I have many Kun-Style made in China at $10, and their screws are lose.
I have Kun at $35 dollars, but I need something that higher than Kun.
I put some cloth under Kun shoulder rest and I feel better.
I thought my chin is too high, and my shoulder is lower than average.
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Old 12-28-2007, 03:31 PM
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You can try the Wolf shoulder, it comes in different models and they are very flexible.

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