I'm a tertiary grad violinist who still struggles with such a seemingly basic question it's embarrasing to post! :-)
q. how to hold the violin without left shoulder tension??
I play the piano and drumkit as well but I feel completely free on these instruments. Despite experimenting with countless chin/shoulder rests/pads (including none at all) the "perfect" setup on violin allowing complete relaxation, and security eludes me. I'm at a loss, apart from the fact that a few of my playing peers feel the same way as me.
just wondering the percentage of replies that fit into the following groups (particularly grad/pro players pls).
(NB when raising the shoulder I mean even a little bit. I don't hunched when i play but I'm still aware my shoulder/neck is tense a bit. As they say, you can't get a little bit pregnant!)
A - raise the left shoulder and see is at unavoidable pretty much all the time
B - raise the shoulder particularly for shifts and tech work but for easy music etc are fairly relaxed. although not perfect
C - don't raise the left shoulder a skerrick. holding the violin is as natural as breathing regardless of repertoire.
q. how important is the shoulder/chin rest for group C respondants?
q. who has acheived the fabled "perfect setup" and if so, how??
q. does anyone else out there feel that modern shoulder rests do not sit up high enough on the shoulder and are a long way from the collarbone - in fact sitting on the shoulder muscles instead? a very unstable area...
q. how many violinists out there play other instruments and feel stifled on the violin (relaxation wise) in comparison?
looking forward to some insight :-p thanks
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