Is the shoulder rest meant to also touch one's chest?
I currently use a Kun rest for stability and comfort so that I only have to lightly support the violin with my left hand. However, I see many people setting the right end of the shoulder rest high so that the right end touches their chest below the collarbone, presumably allowing them to fully support the violin without the use of the left hand. Any thoughts?
Yes. The left end somwhere on the shoulder to keep the violin up, and the right end on the chest to stop it swivelling to the right.
Depends on the rest and the chest in question.
But Heifetz didn't use one hehehehehe..
Watch out Bryce - soon the rest-less people will come out and preach the gospel of the Invisi-Rest. It does not touch the chest or the shoulder. It does not even touch the violin!
BLASPHEMY lol jokes.
My shoulder rest sits similarly to what Adrian and Michael described. I used to use it differently, but my teacher had me change the setup/height/etc and it's made a positive difference in my playing form.
When I first started, I threw the violin on my shoulder without a rest and found a position that was comfortable and natural for left and right arms, and had the bow move parallel to the bridge when playing in the middle of the bow.
I think the idea behind the Kun type SR design is to keep the violin securely in essentially once place and to hold it a little more horizontal. Depending on your physique and how much security you need, what you feel might be a little different. But you're right, what you see is very common.
I bought one of these:
I plan on getting an AcoustaGrip next month. It just looks so darn comfy, I've got to try it.
Comfort is one thing, but squishy is to be avoided.
I suggest removing both rests, going to a mirror and see what's missing.
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