Written by Krista Moyer
Published: August 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM [UTC]
Sometimes finding a comfortable setup on the violin is a challenge. In the beginning, I didn't even know that you could do that. I thought that I should just go with what was recommended by my teacher, and that's the best it could get. I was wrong.
It was difficult to bring up the subject. After all, I had been playing on this particular instrument almost a year, and hadn't said anything, but I'm glad I did. First, we lowered my shoulder rest. It helped, but the chin rest pressed painfully into my jaw. A few weeks later I got the chin rest that he recommended, and it was slightly better, but still pressed. But, since it was better, I held my tongue.
Finally, after a few months, I did a little bit of research, and came up with three different options. When I showed up to my lesson with them, my teacher was a bit taken aback. I suppose he thought we had solved the problem because I hadn't complained. He chose one of the three and put it on for me. Again, it was better, but didn't solve the problem. So, I took matters into my own hands and switched it out for yet a different one, which finally felt right.
I hadn't realized how much more comfortable my violin had become until yesterday when I has helping a friend out with his violin. It was so bumpy, lumpy, and slid around so much! Thank goodness I persisted in sleuthing out what would work best for me. How many other people play with poorly fitting chin rests, I wonder? It made such a huge difference to find the right one.
Good luck with yours!
I blogged in more detail on my experience a little over a year ago:
My violin came with a Guarneri chinrest which was immediately switched out for the Wittner Hypoallergenic, left side mount model that used to be on my student violin. My teacher chose the Kaufman model, and I finally found a good fit with the Dresden medium plate.
I wish you luck in finding a comfortable setup. I am certain that you will find the best combination for you. It might take a while, but you'll get there.
It's amazing what each person finds the best fit, isn't it? I'm glad you found what works for you.
That's interesting that each of your fiddles needs a different set up. I will have to keep that in mind if this little violin acquisition problem I seem to be fostering keeps up. LOL! And thanks for the link to your blog. Interesting1
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