We are all kind of "over" the whole shoulder rest discussion but I have something else to consider. I have adult beginners who I have steared away from the shoudler rest by teaching them to hold the fiddle up with their arm and keep the left hand relaxed. Most adjust well over time but some seem to benefit with returning to the shoulder rest to improve their vibrato. It seems to help keep their left hand more relaxed and away from the neck to get a better "vibrato swing." My feeling is that anything that helps the musician relax more can't be all bad. Any thoughts?
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