I have been playing the violin for about four years now and am struggling with quite severe pain in my upper back and neck when playing (specifically the cervical spine area). I have been experiencing this for a while, but as I am now starting to dedicate a bit more time to practicing it is really starting to bum me out; I can generally play for about 5 minutes before having to put the violin down.
Neither my current nor previous teacher have been able to identify where this is coming from. I started playing as an adult, so it’s been suggested that my body could be overly tense when playing. I’m also quite tall (6”3), so there may be an issue with my shoulder rest, although I currently use a Wolf Forte Primo at its near maximum height.
From scouring the internet this is clearly quite a common issue, but, as none of the posited solutions I found worked for me, I’m looking for someone with more experience than myself to perhaps have a look at the way I play (violin and shoulder rest position, posture, etc), and see if they notice anything that could be improved.
I live in the South-East of England and will happily travel (though not quite as far as the States so apologies to most of you reading this), and am wondering if any of you can recommend a shop, luthier or other type of professional who might be able to help me out.
Thanks a lot for reading.
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