Having reached a point of desperation in my search for a shoulder rest/chin rest combination that will not create neck and shoulder pain, I've begun to consider scrapping the shoulder rest thing altogether. That said, I have some extreme reservations on the subject, and I'd like some advice or perspectives from those who do not, or at one point did not, use a shoulder rest. Some of my main concerns:
- I have extremely small hands, and I'm worried about security in the upper positions when I have to bring my thumb around the instrument to the point at which it is no longer under the neck (though still touching). How do those of you with small hands deal with this problem?
- As I understand it, non-rest users support their instrument to a degree with the left hand. How much of a stabilizing role do the head and shoulder play, and how does shifting differ from technique with a shoulder rest?
- I have very sloped shoulders that are extremely narrow from neck to shoulder joint, and narrow back to front. Has anyone with this body type experienced any problems playing without a rest? If so, what were they?
Thanks much for any info or advice.
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