This topic might be kind of controversial, and already discussed too much on this forum. However, recently, I have heard many people talk about the negative effects of using a shoulder rest, and how using such a tool is detrimental towards sound production.
This week, I've been playing without a shoulder rest, or using a sponge, and while it was a bit awkward at first, right now it seems to me like using a shoulder rest or not using one is the same thing. Other than having to adjust the left hand technique a little bit to accommodate for the lack of space between the body and the instrument, I haven't noticed any significant pros or cons to be honest. It seems equally hard to play in tune. String crosses feel exactly the same, and I still have to use gravity to get most of the sound with the bow. I'm still trying to find out if there are any differences in sound production. Maybe they will be more apparent once my technique improves.
Will someone who is more knowledgeable about this subject weigh in on it? What are exactly the advantages and the disadvantages(or provide the link to old discussions regarding the topic).
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