Shoulder rest or no shoulder rest
Hi All ,
Just wanted to see if anyone has had a similar experience. I am aware of the whole Shoulder rest with or without debate and have played with one no bother for the last couple of years so always thought it was more of a classical playing thing,…………anyway i took a break from the fiddle for around close to two years i’d say and recently ( since Christmas) returned with a vengeance. For the last two months, tough enough tunes i have been relearning that used to be no problem have been annoying the shit out of me and little bits i used to glance through were tripping me up constantly. The other night i was putting the fiddle away so took off the shoulder rest , and out of frustration i decided to play for another little while, this time i didn’t bother with the shoulder rest so just picked it up and started ………………..all the little things on a few of the tunes that had been at me the last while were not there anymore. I put it down to luck and said i would try again without the shoulder rest the next night. Same thing !!!………….i am finding the fiddle a little less comfortable at the moment but all the things in technique that were driving me insane have gone away. Anyways, bit of a strange revelation so just wanted to share the experience. As far as i know my neck has not shrunk in case anyone wants to ask!!!.