Can't think of a way of writing this without running the danger of getting flattened by the jokes but, what the heck...
Perhaps this is common knowledge - I'm sure many here know it already - but I just learned it for myself. As suggested by my teacher I've been trying to improve my violin position on my shoulder by adjusting the shoulder rest (please no no-rest discussion, I've tried that its not what I want for now) and the angle of the violin both relative to my shoulders (lateral, round my body) and relative to my left arm (rotational along the violin axis. This has had an amazing effect on my bowing,
But thats not what this is about. With my violin further out to the left when I rotate my head a bit so that my ear is beyond the chin rest I can hear the sounds coming out of the F hole. This was just astonishing - I think (hope) I am hearing something much closer to what a listener will hear without the scratches and whistles that are local noises from the hair/string contact. Its very nice and really helps me with tone generation - though it may also be not too good for the ear.
What it also made me realize is that thats probably what the great soloists are doing when they tip their heads to one side so taht the cheek is against the chin rest. I thought they were maybe just bending their necks to avoid muscle strain but no, its listening!!
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