I've been wondering the last while about shoulder rests...do they really affect the sound of the instrument? Is it "better" to play without one? If so, does anyone have suggestions on adjusting your technique if you've learned with a shoulder rest? I've tried it without a couple times and my violin slides down my shoulder a lot, making my left hand really tighten up to prevent the violin from falling, which is not at all helpful to improving my general technique and flexibility! Thoughts or suggestions, anyone?
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