choosing the right chinrest
I currently play with a very tall shoulder rest and I've been thinking about getting a higher chinrest (my current one is lower than most of the ones I see) because I notice I've been raising my left shoulder quite a bit and I feel like it's causing tension (please let me know if you think a higher chinrest is a good idea or if there is something else I could do).
when I got my current chinrest, I picked one that matched the color of my instrument because I thought all chinrests were basically the same. but now I want to be a little more educated when I'm making decisions.
how do I know which chinrest is right for me? how does the shape affect how you hold the instrument? why do some players play with a chinrest in the center of the instrument as opposed to the side? also, I've heard of chinrests where you can adjust the height. does anyone have one of those and are they useful?
any comments on the subject are helpful
When I finally got my own violin (after a rented 3/4) my violin teacher borrowed a selection of chin rests from the music house and we spent a good part of a lesson putting it on, taking it off and playing until we knew which one suited me best.
Go and try some at a shop.
Good advice above. The best way to find out is to try a bunch and see what you like. Here's some things to consider.
I found the right chinrest and I don't know what it's called (it was my teacher's). it went over the tailpiece of the instrument but wasn't a centered chinrest, was very tall (at least an inch or so), and it had a pretty dramatic lip on both sides of the chinrest. I went to the violin shop and they didn't have quite the right one. any ideas where I could find one or of chinrests that match that description?
I have this dancer's neck, and I've found the Kreddle to be really nice. I have the old model, before they made some changes, which is a little flatter. I prefer the old one, but it's really adjustable, and I prefer it to stacking up cork under weird designs and doing all kinds of wizardry like I used to.
I've had the same boxwood side-mounted rest for at least 25 years. Every time I've switched violins, the rest goes on it. The reason is the sound: while I feel that the over-the-tailpiece chin rests are comfortable, I've found that they choke off some frequencies on the A string.
At some time I ask a new student "is that the chin-rest that came with the violin when you bought it" They usually say yes, and I say, "then it is probably not the best one for you". In one of his books Paul Rolland describes an experiment or study where many students tested several styles of chin rests. Only a small minority preferred the common Guarnari, off to the left side, or the completely centered, Flesch model. Most preferred a chin-rest slighty over the tailpiece, like the Teka, with a ridge that catches the inside of the chin. A lot of the decision depends on the optimum horizontal angle of the violin, which will change depending on whether you are playing high or low, E string or G string. Once you find that compromise optimum angle, you can pick the chin rest that fits. I see that the Ohrenform is becomming more popular. As for the extra-high chin-rests, that seems to me like a new fad, you can fill out that extra space a lot easier and cheaper with an adjustable shoulder rest. I have never been able to go without the shoulder rest, that causes instant muscles problems. One advantage that playing without the shoulder rest might have is that you can change those violin angles while you are playing, but I would rather not try to hit a moving target.
I need to pay attention to this discussion.
Fifty years ago, I had been playing violin for about 30 years when I discovered just the right chinrest for me. It was a left-side mounted ebony "Original STUBER" made in Germany. It was a perfect shape to fit my jaw (I have long arms). Fortunately I had purchased 3 of them before they disappeared from the market (maybe I had bought all that had remained) to be replaced by "STUBER" chinrests made somewhere in Asia that differ in shape by a millimeter here and there enough that they don't fit me. When I needed a 4th STUBER I had to order one tailor made from the UK for more than $100.
Anna, I had a similar experience in my search for a comfortable chin rest that aided in a comfortable and secure violin position. I had tried and experimented with several my teacher had and after finding the style that worked well for me I went to the Shar website as well as several other sites trying to match visually the one I was interested in.
Hello Carlos, et al,... Yes, a large number of soloists use the Guarneri, but a quick look at you-tube clips showed that many of them are not using it as it was designed! Their jaws are partly over the tailpiece with part of the cup out to the left in the air. Maybe they are using the Guarneri for the same as reasons that students and amateurs use it--it came with the violin. Luthiers prefer the clamps over the tailpiece block, and they only need to buy one model, in bulk. Soloists are also more likely to have the violin more to the left, to get a better angle and leverage in high positions.~jq
The SAS rest is nice for those of us with tall necks. It’s design allows it to be mounted on the side or over the tailpiece. It is available in 4 heights.
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