Written by Laurie Niles
Published: January 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM [UTC]
My article, an overview about playing without a shoulder rest, appears on p. 75-76. It features advice from Dylana Jenson, Patricia Ahern, Julie Lyonn Liebermann and Thomas Metzler, as well as from Stanley Ritchie's book, Before the Chinrest. The main point: if you're going to play without a shoulder rest, there are specific techniques involved and you'll need to adjust your playing a great deal. Simply chucking the shoulder rest, without adjusting your technique, could cause you pain and problems!
The review by Megan Westberg of my book, The Violinist.com Interviews, Vol. 1, appears on p. 87, and she said some nice things like, "Given Niles' skill at developing a rapport with her subjects, her book will prove a must-have for readers looking to get a deeper understanding of what makes their favorite artists tick." Gosh thanks! :) It was a pleasure to write for Strings.
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