Center Chin Rests?
Hi, my entire life I have had posture problems. My teacher often like to joke that I look like a violist when I’m playing because my violin tends to be quite far down. Recently, we have started discussing a center shoulder rest. What would someone recommend that I do? Also, are center shoulder rests respected just as highly?
Personally I find center chin rests horribly uncomfortable but when I notice that a student is consistently playing with their chin over the tailpiece, I suggest that they try a center chin rest.
I would agree with Mary Ellen's comment above. If it suits you and your body shape, get one
I once read an entire article about determining the right chinrest according to the chin of the player, unfortunately cant find it now. My daughter uses Flesch Flat and I remember the first time she got to try it and the relaxed and happy smile she had from the first seconds. I also use a centre chinrest, but cannot remember at the moment what is it, it is quite high too.
The original early 19th cent. (invented by Spohr?) looked like a small version of the Flesch-- centered. Violists and early music specialists are more likely to use the Flesch style, because the instrument is held more forward. Just experiment. Also try the Ohrenform C.R. I am seeing that one used more often lately.
Sammy, the first and most important thing you can do is work to improve your posture. It's absolutely doable with intelligently applied stretching and strengthening exercises, and nothing else will improve your comfort in holding your violin as much as that. There's lots of good information online about posture generally, and you can ask your doctor for expert referrals if you feel the need. With a slouched posture you just won't find that perfect chinrest/shoulder rest combination. Just holding up your head becomes a strain. You're willing to spend hours a day practicing, I presume. A half hour a day working on your posture will be some of the best "practice time" you can spend. And it will benefit every other aspect of your life too.
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