March 2009

Reese's Pieces

March 13, 2009 18:54

TO REST OR NOT TO REST, THAT IS THE QUESTION!

I have been playing the violin for a number or years now, over twenty in fact.  One of the things I've always regretted in my playing is having to use a shoulder rest.  It does make holding the violin easier, but I am convinced it has the effect of deadening the sound of my violin to some degree.  This past week, I was with a friend and we were playing some duets and I had forgotten to bring my shoulder rest and so played without one.  It was someone more difficult to play, but my violin sounded much better and I could feel it more (if you know what I mean) while I was playing.  And so my question is has anyone ever switched from having used a shoulder rest to playing without one?   If so, was it a long transition before you were used to it?    Any help here would be appreciated.  Thanks, and it's good to be back!!!

1 reply | Archive link


More entries: September 2008

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Yamaha Silent Violin
Yamaha Silent Violin

Juilliard Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies
Juilliard Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

Corilon Violins
Corilon Violins

Find a Summer Music Program
Find a Summer Music Program

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

North Shore Chamber Music Festival
North Shore Chamber Music Festival

Violinist.com Business Directory
Violinist.com Business Directory

Violinist.com Guide to Online Learning
Violinist.com Guide to Online Learning

Dominant Pro Strings

Antonio Strad Violin

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop

Bobelock Cases

Fiddlerman.com

Fiddlershop

Los Angeles Violin Shop

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Violin-Strings.com

Metzler Violin Shop

Leatherwood Bespoke Rosin

Warchal

Barenreiter

Johnson String Instrument and Carriage House Violins

Potter Violins

String Masters

Bein & Company

Annapolis Bows & Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine

Subscribe