Ever since I can remember I've had posture problems with my violin. It's extremely frustrating and it makes it very difficult to practice. My problems are that I raise my shoulder to hold the violin, creating tension & I bend my neck too much. I'm very petite but my chin tends to slide to the right of the chin rest, not sit on the left. I know bigger players like Perlman, etc. can get away with that but I've never seen a player of my size hold it like that.
I've had several teachers and none of them have seemed to help solve my problem completely. They've given me tips on how to relax but I still can't find that perfect combination of chin rest + shoulder rest. I'm currently using a regular Kun but I've found that the edge of the shoulder rest is too close to the edge of my shoulder, even after adjustment. I'm suspecting it must be a posture issue because none of my friends who have Kun have this problem. I've tried higher ones (I'm rather long-necked and bony, with sloping shoulders) like the Wolf and Bonmusica but have found them too "restrictive", if it makes sense. I have the common chin rest - I think it's called Guaneri. I tried center-mounted ones but my arms seemed to be too long for it and I got sore using it.
I don't know why I have so many problems - I don't know if it's just me because I have some friends who are great players who don't seem to struggle as much as me when it comes to this. Do you guys have any advice on finding ideal setup/correcting posture? Thank you!
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