After reading Laurie Niles interview with Ruggiero Ricci, I want to ask those here who are not using a shoulder rest when you play, are you able to hold/balance the violin without your left hand?
Mr. Ricci mentions in his interview that before the common use of chin rests, violinists held their instruments with the left hand. Essentially I am asking, is being able to balance the instrument 'hands free' that critical? I have started to play without a shoulder rest because I found a different chin rest that fits me...but I can't take my left hand away and keep the violin on my collarbone, it slides towards the floor.
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