I'm working on a research project called performance-related injury prevention in violinists at the University of Sydney, which one of the major issue we're looking into is the violin support of the shoulder rest...
And yes, yes,...I know this thread has been discussed thousands of millions of times and lit several fires among violin learners and professionals, but our team wants to know more what violinists really think about playing with/ without a shoulder rest - due to physical limitations, sound production, or other reasons. Also we want to hear from you about what factors you think could contribute to your neck problem if you have one when you practice. There are three individual questions as follows:
1. What could cause your neck pain, tiredness, or stiffness in the left hand or neck if you have one of them during playing, regardless of your practice time and the intensity of repertoire?
2. Why do you think you need or don't need a shoulder rest?(please give us the reasons why you feel comfortable with/ without shoulder rest)
3. If you get a chance to design your own shoulder rest, what parts of it you think you'd like to build in or improvise?
These are general open-ended questions towards the violin support issue. If you have any more views about this topic, feel free to post! And thank you very much for sharing your thoughts in advance.
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