Fitting a Shoulder Rest
I'm experimenting with a shoulder rest having always used a pad. The wide end of the rest sits on my shoulder the middle of the rest on my collarbone leaving the lower half in the air. If that's right, what's the point of the lower half? Is there a good
site out there that deals with shoulder rests scientifically? Please don't ask me what type of shoulder rest I'm using - I'm interested in the principles. Also, I hate to be so proscriptive but I'm not at all interested in the acoustic effects at the moment. Thanks.
edit: I think the wide part actually should sit just in from the acromion on the boney not the soft surface.
Basically, you are right. The point of the lower half is to create the space where your collarbone connects with the SR and then goes on to permit attachement of the SR to the violin. Without the lower half, the SR could not both attach and be there for your collarbone.
The "right hand" end should press somewhere on the chest, for added stability.
Thanks. Maybe I need a pad for the lower bit on my chest. I try it.
Though it's perhaps not the norm-and why shoulder rests sometimes get a bad reputation by rest-less players-I feel it is possible to have 3 points of contact, rather than just 2:
I agree with Adalberto. In my situation I can't stand much pressure on my collarbone, but with the SR I am using now (Everest) and even with my previous rest (standard Kun) mostly what I feel is the button pushing into my neck. I've experimented with *some* other things. I can't claim the search was exhaustive. But for me a basic SR gives me the support and security that I prefer.
I've added a pad to the right side of the sr. What a difference! Your 3 points seem to be correct for me Adalberto. The idea I had about the sr touching the collar bone, which I got from several websites, is wrong IMHO.
I agree with Adalberto: The typical use of the shoulder rest has the two points of contact with your body that he names:
Without the SR and even with some of the smaller "pads" and such there's a lot more required from the left hand to support the violin. That's not necessarily bad but it's simple physics.
I am glad you made it work for you-that said, I would relax the curvature/"hook" slightly, to avoid undue shoulder rest contact with the violin's back as you play. Even a little will help!
The deep curve in the center of the rest is to avoid touching the collarbone.
Bud your SR has seen better days. The middle part shouldn't be touching the violin.
I bent it so it would clear the collarbone.
The best so far is this really thick (over 1") block of high density foam on the right hand end. Anyone know of a commercial rest that does that?