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VIOLIN SHOULDER RESTS*

Shoulder rests are used to help violinists hold up their violin. There are many varieties of shoulder rests available, and the selection of a shoulder rest is very personal. Questions to consider when choosing a shoulder rest are: does it help me hold up my violin? Is it comfortable?

Ideally, you should take your violin with you to a music store to test several products. You also may want to ask your violin teacher or violinist friends for their recommendations. Some violin players use no shoulder rests, others prefer a particular brand, and some teachers recommend the use of round, cosmetic sponges (see pictures below for samples). To minimize neck abrasions, some violinists also find it helpful to either place a scarf or cloth over their chin rest, or to use a chin rest cover.

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