Wanted to ask people's experience and/or pros/cons of having a severe/moderate tilt to the violin. I'm struggling with my overall hand position and specifically in dealing with a shorter than average and inward curving pinky. Lately, I've been experimenting with this and it seems to help alleviate the need for me to yank my elbow to the right under the violin to get my hand/pinky in a good playing position.
A lot of great violinists following the traditional rule of keeping the strings as parallel to the floor as possible- Heifetz, Elman. But I also mark some of my favorites who have a strong tilt (mostly due to some padding/shoulder rest) - Zukerman, Perlman, Stern, Miltein, Menuhin. And Christian Tetzlaff, who almost holds it perpendicular to the floor!
From what I've read, the only real negative that's been sited is the fact that the shoulder/arm has to work more to put weight into the E string. I've just started basic shifting exercises so I know I have a lifetime of advanced techniques ahead of me and I have no idea if this would potentially cause problems later. And mind you I'm not talking about the height of the scroll; just the tilt of the face of the violin towards the audience.
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