Death Grip on the Fiddle
Hi everyone! My apologies if this has already been discussed somewhere else. My question is this: how can I loosen up my death grip on the fiddle when I play? The problem isn’t so much my left hand as it is my left shoulder. The fiddle always feels like it’s about to fly away from me, and despite my best efforts to stay relaxed and let the instrument just *rest* on my shoulder, I inevitably find myself hunching up my left shoulder to grip the fiddle between my chin and my shoulder when I play. I wind up with a stiff neck if I play too long, because my posture is so tense.
I use a Kun shoulder rest, but there still doesn’t seem to be any "resting" involved when it comes to holding this fiddle. Playing without any shoulder rest is even worse - the fiddle just slides off my collarbone. What could I be doing wrong? Any advice would be much appreciated!