Do you have a neck mark from practicing?
Just wondering if it is a normal thing to "not" have a neck mark even though I've steadily practiced 3-5 hours everyday for years...
For those with neck marks, do you have paler/more tanned/thicker/thinner skin?
I’ve never had one.
I used to have one all the time that only got worse. However, then I covered the metal shoulder rest bracket with a chamois cloth and it went away never to return. I still practiced 3-4 hrs a day.
Not any more, but the 1st decade of playing I had the dreaded, "violin hickey".
I had one for many years. Kinda uncomfortable. But the babes all considered it to be an indication of high desirability, so it all kinda worked out. LOL
Not since I was a teenager. That chinrest neck abrasion is caused by sweat and friction. You can eliminate the friction by not letting the violin move against the neck and chin;-- have a stable chinrest and shoulder rest set-up.
Joel, there's more going on. Some people have "allergies" to the nickel plating used on both chinrests and jewelry, and also to the nickel content in many forms of stainless steel.
I think not having the mark is more common these days than it was in past decades because of the changes in holds brought about by newer shoulder and chin rests, which redistribute the contact pressure. As David Burgess pointed out, there are some rare cases of nickel allergies, and fittings makers have responded with hypoallergenic alternatives like plastic and titanium.
Also when you say "not letting the violin move" ... even the tiniest movements can result in friction and damage.
I have no neck mark because:
I drape a (not too large, just right sized that I cut myself with scissors) piece of chamois leather over the front of the violin, the part that touches your neck, that may also help for you.
I guess much depends on the combination of physique, chinrest and shoulderrest.
Did anyone mention a Nickle allergy?
I've never had a neck mark, but I do get a (temporary) mark on my shoulder, if I play shirtless.
You bold thing you Kennedy...
I sense judgment...
"Did anyone mention a Nickle allergy?"
Yes Elise, you first mentioned it in this thread - early on!
" Yes Elise, you first mentioned it in this thread - early on!"
I have a very mild one, it is more like a bit of a shade in colour. When it gets more than that or if I start to feel it, I know there is too much tension in my playing and I work on that. But on the other hand secretly I am proud to have a little bit of a violin mark, can't help that:))
Hey, I did add chrome and silver and wood to the "nickel"!
"In a long, rambling thread, I have on occasion made the same point twice without realising". Yep, been there, done that. In fact, I've even remembered I made the remark "somewhere else" and searched for ages before finding it was 2 pages earlier in the same thread!
Elise, as the Scots say, every Nickle makes a Knuckle.
There's an easy way to find out if you have a nickel allergy, of course. Hold a spare chinrest against some of your skin for a while. Spend an evening watching telly holding one in your hand or with it stuffed down your pants.
Perhaps Nicki should consult us on v.com; and I suspect there is bruising as well as inflammation.
"For me it was in the ankles, and at the point where my chinrest fittings argue with my collarbone."