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Hi Beth, I'm back from vacation. I'm amazed at all that's going on with Violin Lab. That's great, thanks to you! I have a question for you. Why do I have a red mark on my neck after practicing the violin? I can't seem to stop doing whatever I'm doing to cause it. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Dyan
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Posted: May 23, 2010
Last Comment: May 24, 2010

Krista Broadway Swider
Posted: May 24, 2010
Hey Dyan, I LOVE your question. Indeed the violin hickey can be annoying, but Beth is right on; it IS a badge of honor, a way of saying - without saying - that you are a diligent violinist. Over the last 22 years, I have only had a few problems with violin hickey developments. I was at Bravo! Summer Music Festival, practicing 4 hours a day and in 3-4 hours of rehearsal a day, and it was hot and sticky in the practice rooms. I started to notice a welt on my neck that replaced my violin hickey... I know it's kind of gross, but it's important to watch that a cyst doesn't develop. If it does, I suggest you take yourself to a doctor in a timely manner and let him/her take care of it. Granted, it takes a good deal of practicing and sweating simultaneously to produce that result. Beth is right... a cloth can be indispensable to protecting against a really pronounced violin hickey. My husband uses handkerchiefs & I have several students who use washcloths. I have a dislike for anything between myself and the chinrest, so I try to keep the chinrest clean (wipe it down occasionally with a little alcohol). I apologize for how gross this probably sounds! Hopefully it is helpful... :)