Shoulder rest?

Phillipa Burgess said: Apr 13, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Recorder, Piano
Springfield, OH
4 posts

My daughter is extremely slender with a long neck and uses a half-size violin. We are looking for a shoulder rest that won’t slip off her shoulder and will not have the violin fall forward over her chest.

Many thanks.

Phillipa

Laurie Maetche said: Apr 13, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Viola
10 posts

I had the same problem with my violin sliding while I used a Kun rest, now I use the Bon Musica shoulder rest. Some teachers don’t like it as it restricts some motion, but that is why I like it. It keeps my violin where I want it. If you use this rest there are many ways to adjust it, so make sure you take the time to have that done properly for your daughter.

Good luck and happy playing.

Paula Bird said: Apr 13, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Yes the Bon musica is perfect for those students with “princess necks,” as I call them. The kun feels like it’s falling off my shoulder, altho I currently use one. Be careful that you don’t just add more stuff under the violin. This can cause stress on back, shoulders, and neck. You may also need to add on top of the chin rest, with a Strad pad or mole foam (Dr. Scholl section of grocery store).

Work with your teacher to find the best fit

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Robin Lohse said: Apr 13, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello, Viola
Souderton, PA
29 posts

I have found that shoulder rests are an individual preference even for
children. For most children the sponge does not give enough
ability and support. I view the rest as a training wheel. Fro students with
bigger shoulders a good sponge may be adequate. for those who have longer
narrow, builds a viva or Hox shoulder rest does the job for support and
comfort. the vivas are from a manufacturer in Slovakia and the Hoxs come
form a Chinese exporter. I have a little rhyme that helps with getting into
play position. if you wish I can copy it
Robin

On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM, SAA Discussion

Robin Lohse

said: Apr 13, 2012
 48 posts

“I have found that shoulder rests are an individual preference even for children”

And children grow so fast that the right shoulder rest today may not be the right one next month. Not just the size; even changing the design can help. I think we’ve gone through four different kinds of shoulder rests in the past five years. Someone should start a museum.

Robin Lohse said: Apr 13, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello, Viola
Souderton, PA
29 posts

I wish for a center- placed chin rest with a gel base for most kids. That
way students can line up with the fingerboard .and are able to look at
their bow placement. I am frustrated with the options that are out there
for chin rests for young students. The Wittner center placed chin rest
does not come in fractional sizes. Even so I have tried putting it on a
smaller violin and sometimes it works. There are chin rest pads like the
Dr. Scholl foam that cost about the same. But they are thicker shaped like
rest and are brown to blend in the chin rests. That sometimes works better
than the Scholl’s option. I have used both.

On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM, SAA Discussion
wrote:

Robin Lohse

Paula Bird said: Apr 15, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Yes please give us the rhyme!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

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