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Micah David

Using "Center-mounted" chin rests on Violins/Violas-For the better or worse?

August 2, 2010 at 9:56 AM

 So I just got back from a 6 week summer program in Georgia for music/violin study, and a lot of wild ideas have flown into my head now from this new experience. One in particular had me stumped over a type of chin rest that I've never seen before, most commonly known as the "Center-mounted" chin-rest.  Several of the violinists were using it, and I got really curious about it. Personally to me, it looked really awkward to me because each of the players all held their violins a little differently than a traditional method just because their heads were centered on the instrument more so from the center rather than simply the left-lower portion of the instrument. After seeing this, I was more aware of how many professionals use it such as Leila Josefowicz. One of my peers said something about how using it allows free and full movement in the shoulder and arm area--something that should have always been true but  isn't necessarily. Any one want to add to this or enlighten me? Here's an link of what the chin rest looks like.

http://donrickert.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c22ff53ef0120a786df69970b-320wi


From Tom Holzman
Posted on August 2, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I use a Berber, which is similar to the one in the link and have used other center-mounted ones.  If you look closely at a lot of good violinists, you will notice that their chin is off, or partially off, of the chinrest and lying on the tailpiece.  These types of chin rest merely bring the rest to where the chin actually sits.  That said, I started using them becuase they gave me better positioning.

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