How to Have a Comfortable Violin Hold when You Have a Long Neck
Dear Ms Zlata Brouwer,
I watched the video of yours about bow straight a couple days ago and i would like to consult your advices about playing violin. The most frustuating problem that i dont know how to deal with is: although i’ve play violin for 3 years, i have never felt comfortable when holding my violin. I have a long neck and a thin body and according to Maia Bang’s violin book, which is the only one I consult besides my teacher, I suppose that my long neck is the obstacle. Also in the book, the Author said I should find the solution in raising chinrest instead of trying higher shoulder rests. However, raising chinrest seems impossible because all the violin shops i’ve visit refused to do that and suggest me to higher my shoulder rest, and they had no idea about raising the chinrest. My teacher thinks that I could use tower or handkerchief, but they just ease the problem rather than solving it completely.
I think that problem is the mother one, causing many other minor effects. When i play, my right shoulder holding the bow just keeps raising up, making me feel tired of that shoulder. For now i’m trying to balance my way of playing, and i think that you could suggest me some solutions.And for the last, I’m kind of curious about how can some violinists like Itzhak Perlman or Jascha Heifetz hold the violin without shoulder rest, evenmore, Heifetz’s violin seemed to point up a small angle. I just want to feel comfortable and can play it with joy just like they did in their videos.
I would be very appreciated if you could help. Thank you and happy new years !
Phung Quoc Trung
How to have a comfortable violin hold when you have a long neck?
Making your shoulder rest higher and higher is not the solution and can even cause injury on your right shoulder and arm.
Watch this video to find out what’s an easy solution to this issue (and it involves wine):
Is this video useful to you? Please let me know in the comments!