QUOTE(karslima @ Feb 23 2011, 07:53 AM)
Whilst I'm very happy for anyone who feels that playing without a shoulder rest is beneficial, I'm not about to move over to the other side. It took me too many years to get to feeling 'competent' to risk going backwards.
People often mention that short necked people could manage without a shoulder rest, but I have a short neck and I feel as if I need a S/R. It could be because I have a slight scoliosis (who doesn't?) that causes my neck and head to lean to the right. Playing the violin forces my head and neck to tilt over to the left which probably explains why after more than an hour of playing my neck kills me. I dread to think what it would be like if I didn't use a S/R. (And yes I do go for regular bone crunching sessions to sort things out, but the body has a habit of going back to where it started from).
The best thing for each individual is always to do what they feel is right for them
at that moment in time given their individual situation, taking into consideration also what resources they have available to them (financial, professional advice, material, etc and so on).
One should try to achieve 'ideally' a situation where they can play pain/tension free with no impediments to their technique, so we aim for this as much as we can right?
whether this is with a shoulder rest, without, with a sponge, with a sling, or whatever, does it really matter? not really at the end of the day
some of us use Alexander Technique, some chiropractors, some osteopaths, some yoga, some a combination of these and other aids and so on
some of us spend years or a whole lifetime trying to discover what works best, some never discover it
Interesting about what the violinist Miffy knows said about the osteopath....
the osteopath I have recently seen about my upper back 'problem' has just 'fixed' my problem and he said my problem will never come back, not unless I have another traume (meaning an accident). I shall certainly keep you informed. Miffy, has this violinist told you the cause of her problem? some people have a disfunctional problem from birth or other cause, mine was from an accident, so the cause can also make a difference as to whether the problem can 'sprout' again.....
I can sympathise with the feeling that Karslima has about not wanting to 'go backwards' if making the decision to ditch the shoulder rest, I had this fear too and I am only maybe grade 6 in my ability! I was surprised to actually find out I didn't go backwards at all
STILL, one really HAS to want to go shoulder 'rest-less' to do it, so I would not tell karslima to do it or anyone else to do it, they have to have it in them, if the desire is not there do not it
there's no point in doing it just to prove a point or just because you have a short neck, that would be 'silly' I think