I've watched videos of the great masters, and noticed that they do not use shoulder rests or cloths or other things. They just put the violin up on their tuxedos and go! How do they do it? How does the violin not slip?
I have been playing restless (no shoulder rest OR chinrest) for years, and I can do so (chin off) when I have skin contact (or use a chamois or other similar item to provide friction). However, when the collarbone is covered with clothing, the violin slips around if a cloth/chamois/pad is not used.
However, I do not see the great masters using cloths/pad/chamois.
Was the chinrest essential for the masters to play without any sort of friction-producing aid? Did every one of the masters use a pad sewn into the tuxedo?
I really want to know how to do this!
So, once and for all, vcom members, tell me how they did it!
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