To my horror, one of the students in my group class was holding her violin, bridge-down on the floor and forcibly pushing it into the ground as she attempted to attach her shoulder rest to the instrument.
"NOOOOOO!" I said.
This is not the correct way to put on your shoulder rest. Despite all the talk and blogs about not using a shoulder rest, about three-quarters of violinists and violists do use one (according to numerous Weekend Votes over the years), so I feel it's important to talk about the correct way to put on a shoulder rest.
It's a physically awkward proposition, but over the years I've come up with a way that allows even a toddler to do so without the danger of dropping the instrument or collapsing the bridge. Here is my fool-proof method!
How to Put on a Shoulder Rest:
I hope you find this helpful, and happy practicing!
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