I have a kun original shoulder rest fitted on my violin at its highest setting and a guarnieri chin rest.
when I hold the violin it stays firmly in place with my shoulders relaxed. 'Almost' but not completly parallel to floor (very slightly with scroll towards floor, but only slightly).
When I play and use my left hand fingers on fingerboard, I have to hold the violin with both my thumb and also not my palm but the first knuckle by the palm of my index finger, otherwise the violin goes towards the floor.
Is this 'normal'?? Does everyone in some sort of way hold the violin with left hand whilst pressing fingers on fingerboard or are you supposed to hold violin so firmly with your head/collarbone that no assistance is needed from the left hand?
Might be a stupid question, but I am getting a little obsessed about this. I won't see my teacher for 3 weeks now (he's gone abroad).
I was also looking at buying the stowemaster shoulder rest as I heard many good things about it but the makers told me it is not height adjustable and if I require it higher they will alter it before they ship it to me, they say that in its original conditions it is the same as a wolf shoulder rest at its lowest setting but I don't know how low or high that is so don't know whether to ask them to adjust it higher or leave it as it is.
Sorry I'm waffling too much and begin to go slightly off topic now.
I have searched the archives but found nothing on the left hand question I started asking in this post.
Thank you you 'patient lot'