as I posted a few days ago, I'm in the process of learning finger patterns in first position still. But overall I try to improve my posture, that is, of my body ( lower as well as upper part ), including relaxed shoulders, straight wrist. Main goal is to improve and develop "ease" and comfort.
I am not certain how this feels really as I am not certain I have ever experienced it yet. I have 2 chin rests which both felt good at the time I bought them, and 3 shoulder rests : bon musica, Kun, and PLAYONAIR cushion ( which I got last ). My two main problems are that the violin is always too tilted ( the violin is not horizontal enough and makes E string somewhat awkward for both hands ). And secondly, except with the bon musica, the violin tends to slip towards the front of my body.
I am looking for experiences of people who achieved a better posture through trial and error, how did you proceed, what helped, and how does it feel to find a good fit ? Sometimes I have such pain after playing and trying things that even if it feels a bit better than the previous setup I'm still not convinced. Also, many times already I thought I had something, it worked well for a few days and afterwards it started to feel uncomfortable.
Finally, a last thought, yesterday night while trying the playonair cushion I played with the chin rest I currently use and moved it over the tailpiece. In between I played a few minutes without any chin rest, which somehow felt good. So, maybe my chin rests are too high ? The sound felt kind of muted to my ear, it was a totally different feeling and I could feel the instrument vibrate through my jaw/chin. Is it common, or should I say, still common, not to use a chin rest ? I of course tried many times without a shoulder rest, but this never was comfortable.
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