This may be a little indelicate to ask but, do you have a violin (or viola) 'hickey'?
Yes, it's that red mark on the neck, the telltale sign that someone has been playing the violin or viola for long hours. The famous and beloved violinist Nicola Benedetti has shared with the world the story of her own painful violin scar -- she posted the picture below on Twitter in 2018 - and later that year the Daily Mail even wrote a story about it!
The story is not new for us violinists - in fact there has been a recent discussion about it here on Violinist.com. But I still find it a mystery, why some violinists and violists really suffer from this, while others don't. I can remember that we considered it a badge of honor in high school, to have that mark on one's neck. Everyone in youth orchestra wanted one! But getting older, it stopped seeming so cool, especially when it could be painful.
I definitely have a nice big scar, which gets worse very quickly if I have a busy week of playing. But there are people who play longer hours than I do, and they don't have such a bad mark or scar!
As someone with sensitive skin that is prone to irritation, I've learned a few preventative measures in my decades of playing the fiddle. I'll share them here:
What is your situation, when it comes to the infamous violin "hickey"? Do you have one, or not? What have you done to prevent or treat the violin mark? Please participate in the vote and then share your wisdom!
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