Taking the plunge: dropping my shoulder rest

I’ve finally done it. I am tired of fidgeting with my shoulder rest, having it move on me while I play, having it snap off in the middle of playing and most of all of feeling the pain in my neck and the tension in my shoulder after hours of practicing. Okay, let’s be more realistic. Hour of practice.

Nevertheless! It must go.

I’ll keep you posted on updates on how this is going.  In the meantime, I’ll post the videos and postings that were helpful to me.

This isn’t the first time I’ve tried this however. I used to try this back when I was in college. Perhaps I was too set in my ways back then (I was a far better player then than I am now) or perhaps I just didn’t have the right coaching (the reasoning I prefer to claim) But some really helpful youtube videos have cropped up that really helped get a good start on trying to figure out how to do it.

I really should plug this guys website as he has a full lesson set on this particular topic.  I don’t know you dude, but here you go Alex: http://www.thefearlessfiddler.com/.  May many a violinist in pain come seeking your tutelage.

Below are the free vids he posted on Youtube.



Finally, Alex’s site refers to this page and I also thought it was super helpful: http://www.stringpedagogy.com/members/volumes/articles/rest_no_more.htm

Here are the videos on Youtube in case that page ever goes away