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