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Author Topic: Ad Hoc Shoulder Rests  (Read 1939 times)

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Offline Bob L

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Ad Hoc Shoulder Rests
« on: Jul 14, 2004, 04:08:29 PM »
I was in a music store the other day and picked up a medium nice violin and a bow - it didn't have a shoulder rest and not wanting to bother the staff, I tried my wallet balanced on my shoulder and held there by the violin.  It worked pretty well and held the instrument at about the same height as the Kun shoulder rest I'm accustomed to.

Has anybody used other things as makeshift shoulder rests?

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Re:Ad Hoc Shoulder Rests
« Reply #1 on: Jul 14, 2004, 06:45:48 PM »
A folded over dishrag...

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Re:Ad Hoc Shoulder Rests
« Reply #2 on: Jul 14, 2004, 10:10:56 PM »
Hey Bob, I guess you had plenty of dollars in your wallet to make it high enough! ;D

Mine would be like playing without a rest!

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Re:Ad Hoc Shoulder Rests
« Reply #3 on: Jul 14, 2004, 10:34:25 PM »
My daughter uses a sponge attached with a couple of elastic bands.
 I'me sure Kevin Burk uses a block of wood attached in a similar way.

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Re:Ad Hoc Shoulder Rests
« Reply #4 on: Jul 15, 2004, 03:02:56 PM »
What Jack said.

I keep a beater fiddle in the back room at work, in an old blue dart case that's frazzled to fringe on every arris and corner. That case is a serious contender for the rattiest one around, and doesn't have space for a shoulder rest, but it will hold a square terry washcloth. Folded in thirds, then rolled up to about the size of half a tennis ball, tucked under the shirt collar, it does the job. Sometimes I wrap an end around the rib to get some cushion there...
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Re:Ad Hoc Shoulder Rests
« Reply #5 on: Jul 16, 2004, 12:38:45 AM »
I just use my shoulder.  Tries a rest once, gave it up as in the way.

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