Left Shoulder pain
Yesterday, I had finished performing at a around 2 hour concert, and noticed that my left shoulder was actually starting to kind of hurt. I do wear a shoulder rest, but is it a problem if it is too short or too high? Which would be better? I’m 16 and is wondering if it this is normal. Thank you
EDIT: I use a KUN shoulder rest and play violin
Pain is not good and should not be tolerated. It needs to be addressed as soon as possible. It is most likely from tension somewhere due to a posture issue or gripping with the left hand, neck or somewhere between. This is a good subject to discuss with your teacher to determine if your set-up is good and where the tension is coming from. Since you are only 16, I guess things are going to change a bit as you are still growing.
I feel your pain. Literally. I have left-shoulder issues too.
Excellent responses above. I certainly agree on getting your teacher's input. There is one thing that I would suggest you observe. Do you raise your left shoulder while playing? Or do you pull it forward? Perhaps your neck has gotten a little longer lately and you need to raise your shoulder rest slightly to accommodate.
You're probably pressing your sholder against your head, with the voloin in between them. You need to relax your sholders down and relax your head, try moving it while playing.
You might wanna work on your posture. 2hrs should not be enough time for pain to come.
By coincidence I just found a copy of this on my C drive. I probably saw it recommended here, lol. I can't vouch for it.
In addition to the great advice already given, I think you should try to consider the amount of time playing compared to the amount of time resting.
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