I'm a tall, lanky 66-year-old beginner in about my third year of playing violin. I've tried numerous shoulder rests, and Santa decided to let me try a Wolf Forte Secondo. I've looked at quite a few posts here (and elsewhere)to get the Wolf set up properly. What surprises me is the notion in ViolinistinBalance that the violin NEEDS to rest on the collar bone.As soon as I put on ANY sort of shoulder rest, the violin lifts UP from the collar bone, and the shoulder rest itself (whether Kun, Bonmusica, or Wolf)holds up the instrument away from my body. Am I missing something? Is there some mystical position where the violin stays on the collar bone and the shoulder rest simply adds additional support for the instrument?
By the way, I've experimented with centre-mount and taller chin rests, and they help, but I still haven't found the magic solution or position that allows me to keep the violin from slipping down when I start concentrating much on the "E" string (and hence, give up any support-assistance from the left hand). I'd rather be playing than fussing (again) with this, but while I get progressively more confident that I can support my violin without my left hand when necessary, I'm not where I want to be yet. And now this "violin-on-collar-bone thingy!"
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