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Jose Correia

shoulder rest, cloth, none or both?

April 13, 2009 at 4:58 AM

When I started working on the third position, I though that it would be a good idea to get a shoulder rest to help me improve at shifting. It was okay until I started to feel weird when I played. So I stopped using shoulder rest, and discovered that I could shift perfectly without the shoulder rest. A few weeks later I felt like I need more stability while I played, I tried using a cloth but I felt uncomfortable so again I started to use the shoulder rest. Everything was okay until I started playing accolay and the unnatural feeling returned so I gave the cloth a second chance and it worked a few weeks, when I started working on vibrato and the lack of stability came back. I stopped using the cloth, I didn't know what to do, even though I could play without a shoulder rest or a cloth I felt that I needed a little bit more of stability, then I remembered hilary hahn and found the answer, combine them. It has worked a few days now and I dont think it will stop working
From Bart Meijer
Posted on April 17, 2009 at 2:14 PM


if you search for "shoulder rest" on this site you will find a lot of discussion! Everyone finds his/her own solution to this problem.

Good luck with yours,


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