July 19, 2013 at 4:45 PMQuestion: “Hi Zlata, I have got a question as a violin teacher!
Why do Kun and Wolf shoulder rests fall off the violin so often?
Which tip could I give my students to solve this problem lots of violinists have?
Answer: I would love to help you end this frustration for you and your students.
I will not give you 1 tip, but 15 tips to stop your shoulder rest from slipping off your violin!
Grab a pen and a piece of paper... here they come!
Do you have more tips to stop your shoulder rest for slipping? Please don't keep them for yourself, but share them with other violinists and violists in the comments below!
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I currently use Kun rests, which work very well for me. The condition of the rubber on the feet is crucial. Fortunately, replacement feet are easy to order and quite economical.
I find also that orientation of the device across the back of the instrument is important, and it varies from one player to the next. I set mine, as you view the back of the instrument, from SW to NE. This fits well with my particular build.
Proper height adjustment helps the feeling of control. I have a fairly short neck; I set my rest at the lowest level on the shoulder side and about midway on the chest side.
Finally, I like to have a shirt with a slightly scratchy texture. This helps to keep the pad from sliding.
Maybe for you but not necessarily for all of us. I began restless and continued that way for a number of years -- till my late teens, in fact. I can play either way, but I prefer playing with the device to playing without it. And I'll stand up for anyone who prefers playing without -- like this kid in the UT String Project.
Everybody and every body is different, so the individual needs are different. Also the playing style is different. Depending on your body, your movement and your playing style, you can experiment and decide wether or not to use a shoulder rest.
I think there is no solution that fits everybody. Some people get very nasty injuries from letting someone else decide what they should use. Everybody needs to try and decide for him/herself.
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