Neck keeps popping when I look right.
For the last few days my neck has been popping whenever I look to the right. It is becoming an annoyance since it happens EVERY time I turn right. There is no pain involved with the popping noise. I have a slight suspicion that it may be from me clenching with my chin on the violin. I really can’t afford to go to the doctor right now. I know none of you can give medical advice, but have any of you experienced something like this?
If you're clenching, you may need a higher chin rest. I need a high set up even though I'm small because my violin is unusually heavy (which I'm sure by now most of the usual commenters know), and I used to clench really hard in order to keep it up. I was using a brandless, generic chin rest and a Kun, so I switched to a taller Guarneri chin rest.
It is very normal, and if you don't feel pain or serious stiffness, there's nothing to worry about.
I think it’s more my shoulder rest than chin rest. I’ve tried taller chin rests and didn’t really like them. Hopefully this isn’t permanent.
Good advice above. Definitely do neck stretches. In terms of the chin rest, can you get a firm and comfortable grip on it without clenching? If not, the chin rest may not be the right shape for you.
It sounds like you’re developing some neck arthritis. I agree with others that strict avoidance of tension, a good setup, and stretching a lot (resources on line) may help. It can get chronic, and very intrusive otherwise. If you have any coldness or tingling in your fingers it’s especially important to address it. How old are you?
I’m 26, I sure hope it’s not arthritis lol.
If you’re a healthy 26, I agree that that it’s most likely you’re putting too much downward pressure on the chinrest, either by habit or because the setup doesn’t fit you. If you have a teacher or even someone knowledgeable at your violin shop, have them review CR and SR options. It sounda like things are too low - something you can see for yourself in the mirror if your head is strongly canted to the left or raising your left shoulder. You’re young enough that the crepitus (noise) should go away when things are right.