I have a habit of leaving the shoulder rest on the violin and then just putting the violin back in the case when I've finished with it. I obviously don't close the lid of the case but just drape that piece of material (does it have a name?) over it. I find it so much eaiser to just grab the violin and start playing without messing with the shoulder rest. I like to have the shoulder rest 'just so' and it takes a while to get it in the right place. Also, the case that came with my violin is a shaped one and there is no real place for the shoulder rest.
Am I damaging my violin in some way by doing this? I'm wondering if I should stop doing it, even though it makes practising quicker and easier.
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