Shoulder rest - how not to
I'm placing the violin on my collarbone. Do I need to make a pad of some kind? It seems the right side hardly inclines without. Any other help? Thanks folks.
My thoughts on this:
I'm not quite sure what you are asking?
It teeter totters just resting on the collarbone. I'd rather it didn't without having to use the chin.
Eventually you will need to use your chin/jaw to keep the instrument from slipping when downshifting from higher positions - and probably also to stabilize when playing with vibrato. But even then, it should just be the weight of your head - not real pressing. So a comfortable chinrest shape and maybe a chinrest cover or cloth (chamois?) to prevent skin irritation.
I'm happy with occasional chin use, just not continual.
Continual chin use could cause a build-up of unwanted tensions resulting in playing problems across the board. Occasional chin use when needed, in downshifts, awkward fingerings, or chord playing for example, is fine.
One act of pride, when I was a little boy was being able to walk around with the violin under my chin and "look no hands!" No shoulder rest in my life back then - not for another 25 years.
Everyone sets up differently. You have to weigh the options of the different ways, and experiment to find what is ideal for you. It's also very possible that what is ideal now may not be ideal later, as you advance in your playing.
Maybe I was unclear - no shoulder rest.
Those little orange-slice-shaped pads, with a leather thong on the button and an elastic band on the left corner of the lower bout, can be used
Another option, about halfway through the video 0:54 :
Thanks. Sounds like a trip to the violin shop is in order.