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Chin and Shoulder Rests

Guide to Selecting a Shoulder Rest, Sponge, and Chin Rest

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Chin Rests and Shoulder Rests

The chin rest came into popular use in the 19th century and is now standard on all violins and violas. Chin rests come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Properly fitted, the chin rest will allow for a more comfortable hold of the instrument. For smaller children, use a chin rest which attaches to the left of the tailpiece, and does not span the tailpiece.


Shoulder rests are also commonly used by violinists and violists to provide comfort, and support while holding the instrument. Shoulder rests come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Adjustable rests are the best for anyone who is still in the growing process. Small children don't need to use shoulder rests. A thin piece of sponge or piece of foam attached to the instrument with a rubber band should be adequate to keep instrument from slipping.

Guide to Selecting a Shoulder Rest, Sponge, and Chin Rest

 

 
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