I recently have been having jaw problems while playing violin. Specifically, my jaw has been tight after playing. After seeing a few teachers and analyzing my own playing, I realized that the problem is caused by the excessive pressure I put on my violin with my jaw. The reason I have been putting so much pressure on my violin is because my shoulder rest had been way too short. So, I bought a new shoulder rest and chin rest. In addition to the jaw pressure, I also have other tension issues. My bow arm and shoulder are also very tense when I play.
While my chinrest/shoulder rest is now at an appropriate height for me, I still am not used to playing tension-free and I'm worried this will still cause problems. For example, at my last orchestra rehearsal, (I didn't have my new shoulder/chin rest, but I did focus on not pressing down with my chin and having relaxed shoulders), I was still in pain after rehearsal because I guess I couldn't maintain tension-free playing for that long. With that being said, I'm still not sure if I should continue with college orchestra. The pain I experience after rehearsal is really dull and does not go away for a while and also causes headaches! Its really unbearable and I'm afraid to experience it again. I would rather skip a semester now and be able to play without pain next semester. If I skip this semester, I could find a teacher to work with me about this. Any advice?
Thanks so much!
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