I have just recently purchased a larger viola. During orchestra practice tonight, I started getting fatigue pain on the left side of my back behind my shoulder blade after about an hour into the rehearsal. I went from a 15" to a 16" viola, and the new viola is quite a bit heavier than my old one.
I'm assuming that I have to just practice more with the new "baby boy" to build up the stamina and maybe work with my shoulder rest a bit to find a good fit. I find that I'm "clutching" the instrument more than my old one and it hasn't had too much of a chance to balance itself on my body yet. Are there any other techniques to help get used to a larger instrument besides "patience and practice"?
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