For the past...couple years I have been having trouble with set-up problems. For the past 2 years I had been using a Bon Musica shoulder rest...I then developed severe shoulder pain and therefore was told to switch to sponges. All summer long i tried to work with this and the tension eventually vanished. One problem...I don't think I've had more horrible intonation problems then I have had in my life. I mean, I practiced, for a good month almost 2 hrs a day on scales alone when I switched to sponges. As time progressed, I had scaled it down to about 45 minutes a day. I did them slowly, carefully, the works, everything you're supposed to do, but my intonation was still very unsteady and just plain...bad. As an experiment, I tried going back to a shoulder rest this week (both the bon musica and kuns). Within about 30 seconds of playing, I had my good intonation *relatively speaking* back....as well as the shoulder pain. Any recommendations on how to be pain free with good intonation? Is there a better shoulder rest out there?
I have college auditions these coming months, so I feel like i'm in a tight bind. I need to practice, TONS and I don't want to sound horrible for auditions. I also, however, don't want to be in pain since I know in the next couple months I'll be practicing AT LEAST 4-6 hrs a day. hmm other information that might be helpful: i don't have a really long neck, but it's not stubby and I have really sloping shoulders. If any one has any advice thatd be great. I have already asked numerous musicians and teachers etc. about this but I could always use more opinions. Someone suggested the Mach One shoulder rest..others suggested a bigger centered chin rest. I know all of this is a personal quest, but hopefully at least someone out there had a similar situation to mine.
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