Aaron: Let me preface whatever I say by saying, the greatest violinists, past and present, do not use shoulder rests. Those that have a beautiful sound, or particularly a personal sound, do not use the shoulder rest. There's a good reason for it: It's the position of the left arm.
On top, is a shoulder rest necessary for a violin?
Holding a violin without a shoulder rest will allow you to play better in tune with less practice. It will also allow your sound to become richer, deeper, and more natural. Finally, it will allowy you to play with less tension and become almost immediately more comfortable.
For good measure, how do you fix a violin shoulder rest?
Quite as, how do you hold a violin without a shoulder rest?
What strings do professional violinists use?
Strings: I use Pirastro Evah Pirazzi for the A, D, and G strings, and a Pirastro Gold Wondertone E string (in strong gauge to balance how strong the Pirazzis are). My violin is already quite sweet-sounding, so I was looking for strings that project the sound in big halls.
Violin Shoulder Rest for 3/4 and 4/4 Size, Healemo Shoulder Rest for Violin, Perfect for Beginners and Professionals
[PROFESSIONAL ADJUSTABLE] Fully adjustable for both height and angle, it can be set to fit either a 3/4 or 4/4 violin, suitable for beginners and professionals alike.
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BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
Bonmusica 4/4 Violin Shoulder Rest
Fits 4/4 Violin
Height and Width Adjustable
Padded Curved Adjustable Base For Precise Fit
Great For Players With Previous Injuries Or Arthritis
Made in Germany
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
Fiddlerman Wood Violin Shoulder Rest for 4/4 and 3/4 with Collapsible and Height Adjustable Feet
THE PERFECT FIT: The Fiddlerman Violin Shoulder Rest includes height adjustable feet for a custom fit. The feet are also collapsible for easy storage in violin cases.
WORKS FOR VIOLINS AND VIOLAS: Designed to fit 4/4 and 3/4 Violins but can also fits 13" and 14" Violas.
BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED: The solid wood body of the shoulder rest is specifically crafted for a warm resonance and is built to last through years of Violin playing.
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BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
Kun Original 4/4 Violin Shoulder Rest
Product Code: 830300
Kun premium quality
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
Violin Shoulder Rest for 4/4-3/4 size,Collapsible and Height Adjustable Feet,Violin universal Type Violin Parts soft safety easy to use,High strength sponge,Including Violin Mute and Violin rosin
【COMPATIBLE WITH 4/4-3/4 VIOLIN】Fits for both 3/4 and 4/4 violin sizes, and fits for 13" and 14" violas.Height, width, angle can all be adjusted by the screws available on both sides,Perfect for violinist's shoulder and prevent the instrument from sliding off without requiring extensive down pressure from the chin and the neck.
【ERGONOMIC DESIGN】This violin shoulder rest has Curved bar. Perfectly fit for human's shoulder shape,which can prevent the violin from falling off, eliminate the pressure on your chin and neck. Provide you more natural and comfortable experience.It's the perfect choice for beginners and professionals, kids and adults.
【HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS】This violin shoulder rest features EVA foam that ensures a malleable supportive violin accessory. This premium quality material is extra-thick and extra-soft for long-lasting comfort in order to avoid any inconvenience during your practice.The rubber feet grips are made of a soft, non-skid, wear-resistant silicone material, which can prevent your violin from any damage or scratches.
【FREE VIOLIN MUTE&VIOLIN ROSIN】Together with the violin shoulder rest, a free gift violin practice mute and violin rosin is packed. Rubber violin practice mute is suitable for people who is a beginner. It would help to cut the sound down so the squeak is tolerable. When you don’t want to disturb others, it’s also a must have for you.This Rosin is well suited for violin, viola and cello.Enables maximized projection and extra clear bow articulation.
【100% customer satisfaction guarantee】 Each violin shoulder rest purchased from XLHVTERLI is given 12 months' warranty, since we always offer best quality products to our customers. Hope you enjoy your every music moment!
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
Wolf Forte Secondo Violin Shoulder Rest Violin 4/4-3/4 Size
Adjustable in height from 1-1/4" to a full 3", Willy Wolf shoulder rests have long been favorites of professional violinists and violists
Curved bar contacts more body area for secure hold
Height and pitch adjustable
Sliding width adjustment allows for unlimited positioning along the instrument body
The Wolf Forte Secondo shoulder rests are adjustable in both height and width and feature a crescent shaped pad designed for the player with narrower shoulders
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
Suewio Violin Shoulder Rest for 4/4-3/4 Size, with Collapsible and Height Adjustable Feet, Including a Violin Practice Mute
🎻【COMPATIBLE WITH 4/4 - 3/4 VIOLIN】 Height, width, angle can all be adjusted by the screws available on both sides, fit 4/4 and 3/4 violin sizes, as well as 13" or 14" violas. Traditional areas of high stress are reinforced for long term durability.
🎻【ERGONOMIC DESIGN】 The unique computer-modelled design of the shoulder rest ensures the excellent support and stability, which can prevent the violin from falling off, eliminate the pressure on your chin and neck. Net weight is 57g, you will never feel tired or painful on your shoulder during the practice and playing. It's the perfect choice for beginners and professionals, kids and adults.
🎻【PREMIUM MATERIAL】 Each violin shoulder rest base is made of high quality resin(ABS) material, and the other surface is made of soft and thick EVA foam, which provides both maximum comfort and excellent support. The rubber feet grips are made of a soft, non-skid, wear-resistant silicone material, which can prevent your violin from any damage or scratches.
🎻【12 MONTHS WARRANTY】 Each violin shoulder rest purchased from Branger is given 12 months' warranty, since we always offer best quality products to our customers. Hope you enjoy your every music moment!
🎻【FREE GIFT GIVEN】Together with the violin shoulder rest, a free gift violin practice mute is packed. Great for practicing and playing the violin when you don't want to disturb your family or neighbors.
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
Kun Collapsible 4/4 Violin Shoulder Rest
Product Code: 830350
KUN Premium Quality
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
NANYI Violin Shoulder Rest for 4/4 and 3/4 with Collapsible and Height Adjustable Feet, Imitation wood grain.
1. This standard NANYI Shoulder Rest is our most popular model, fits 4/4 size violin and adjustable to 3/4 size violin.
2. Material: high-strength PVC board skeleton, Imitation wood grain. strong and not easy to deform!
3. High-density wear-resistant sponge contact surface, comfortable and convenient.
4. The new high toughness and environmentally friendly rubber anti-skid pinch does not hurt the piano surface and is not easy to fall off.
5. Violin shoulder pad (violin shoulder pad): lining between the violin and the shoulder, so that the position and direction of the violin on the shoulder is relatively stable, the violin is not easy to fall, the neck does not need to kneel, reduce the neck and The trend of hunchback.
Violinists have twice as much risk of developing pain in the neck, right shoulder and left forearm, when compared with pianists. Violists and violinists have a higher incidence of pain in the neck, shoulder, elbow and forearm than pianists.
Many violinists that I know use some sort of cloth over their chinrest in order to improve comfort and absorb perspiration. It most likely also protects the instrument's varnish from some wear and helps to prevent the instrument suddenly shifting around in performance.
Violins at peak volume can reach 103 A-weighted decibels (dBA)—noisier than lawnmowers or tractors! Musicians depend on their hearing, so they need to protect it. When they don't, all those years of playing loudly can be harmful to their ears AND to their careers!
All violins and violas are required to use a shoulder rest. ... Shoulder rests come in a variety of sizes for violin and violas and are adjustable. It is important that you purchase the correct shoulder rest for your instrument.
Sitting up straight, turn your head enough that your nose lines up with the left foot. Drop your chin and place the violin so that it's also aligned with your left foot. Hold your spine straight and relax into this position; you should be able to keep the violin steady using only your chin.
Usually, the shoulder rest attaches to the edge of the back of the violin with "feet" padded with rubber tubing or made of soft plastic. The goal of a shoulder rest is to allow a more comfortable attitude while playing by adding height to the shoulder and preventing the instrument from slipping.
Too much rosin will make the bow feel stickier as it moves across the strings. Excess rosin can generate a cloud of rosin dust as you play, and the sound will be harsh and scratchy. ... As a rule of thumb, it typically takes four or five strokes of rosin on the bow hair to achieve this.
The instruments that are the most awkward to hold yield the highest rate of pain: the violin and viola, for instance. "The musicians have to hold their left arms in a godawful position and function in a very intricate way with their hands at the same time.