Violin shoulder pad

February 12, 2020, 11:21 PM · Can someone suggest what angle the violin should be while playing. the violin. I am aware that there are many variables involved. I adjust my shoulder pad
so that the violin is at about a 40 degree angle to the vertical. This way I can hold the violin by the chin without strain and not holding with my left hand.
Thank you

Replies (7)

February 12, 2020, 11:26 PM · It's kind of hard to say... Whatever is comfortable should be fine. You may post a photo for clarification and understanding by others.
February 12, 2020, 11:35 PM · Good idea if I can figure out how to send one.
February 12, 2020, 11:39 PM · The easiest way would be that upload a photo to oogle drive, dropox or a similar phot-sharing site and paste the lk here.
February 13, 2020, 12:48 AM · Tilt angle: My guideline is that the minimum angle is when the bow is horizontal while on the D string. Maximum angle is when the bow is horizontal while on the G string. If the tilt is too much the bow is almost vertical while on the E string, pushing sideways against the string, and we loose the assist of gravity. Early music specialists and folk fiddlers have more choices. From old paintings and drawings you can see that the playing position of the violin has been gradually moving up and to the left.
February 13, 2020, 4:17 AM · Without strain is good.
Watch some youtube videos. Choose a comfortable one.
" I am aware that there are many variables involved...the violin is at about a 40 degree angle to the vertical."
Of which many variables there are two horizontal axes on which the violin could be rotated to 40 degrees (plus or minus?) to the vertical.[/mathematical sardonicism]
February 13, 2020, 4:26 AM · For a supple vibrato with my pinky on the lowest string, 30° on violin, 45° on viola. My two chin-rests are not interchangeable.
(I don't mind a near vertical bow on the highest string, which needs contact and bow-speed more than weight...)
For the Rest-less, a small pad on the collar-bone; for pathetic Resters like myself, a longer left "leg" on the shoulder rest.
February 14, 2020, 8:18 AM · With an ordinary pad (unlike an SR), the main determinant of angle will be how you hold it ;) Thus, try to get it somewhere in the middle and then work on how to change the angle as you play. You can get even more mobility if the pad is attached to the shoulder, not the violin ;) Being able to change the angle is sort of like a secret weapon because it can greatly relieve the demands on the bowing arm.

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