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I've moved this posting up because although it shows my shoulder rest and general setup in 3 different positions, which may be useful, it could also show up issues.   Having said that, I feel quite secure in this now and it's difficult to know whether I should be pushing for change when I seem to slip back into what I perceive is my comfort zone.

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Posted: August 2, 2015
Last Comment: August 5, 2015

Posted: August 5, 2015
Hi Nick
Yes, I used the normal chinrest which came with the violin, then about 6 months ago I changed to a Wittner centre-mounted one.  But as my setup and posture still haven't really settled down I am thinking of changing back to the original, before I get a new violin, and then I will probably think again.  I'm thinking the new AcoustaGrip shoulder rest will also change things a little.  

Posted: August 4, 2015

Roy, your bow arm mechanics are really smooth, you seem to have the motion nailed!

Like you I am going through the same process of experimentation with posture and set-up. 

 I am resigned to playing without the shoulder rest but I will be experimenting again with chin rests soon. Have you tried different chin rests?

Posted: August 4, 2015
Quite alright Elke!  Yes the 1 year mark seems to be a good enough reason to treat oneself.  My guitar tutor a few years ago said if you get a better instrument you naturally play better.  Perhaps there's a need within oneself to justify the expense and rise to the occasion.  Anyway, any help one can get to improve can only be good.

Elke Meier
Posted: August 3, 2015
Oh, I am sorry for having messed up your name... - How exciting for you to get a new violin! A couple of months after I had started to play I talked to a (musician) friend of mine and told her that I was saving up for a violin. "Well," she said, "stick with your borrowed violin for a year. The year mark is normally where it becomes clear whether you really want to continue with this instrument or whether it wasn't the right one for you." I found that very wise advice, especially for an impatient person... So if you think about rewarding yourself for your one-year anniversary with the violin you will probably also stick with it :).

Posted: August 3, 2015

Many thanks Beth.  I see that you are using the AcoustaGrip which I have been thinking of trying (instead of the BonMusica), and this will be along with a new (better) violin and a carbon bow, to celebrate my one year mark.  A change also from the Wittner centre-mounted chinrest - that might be a way to sort the bent kneck (it's Roy by the way, Elke).

  So my next post in a few weeks will hopefully be with that completely new setup.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 2, 2015
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Roy, I of course can't feel what you're feeling, but my sense is that although you may feel comfortable, you don't feel free and completely relaxed. I posted this video on a different thread, but I feel it applies to you in regards to having a free shoulder.

Barbara Habel
Posted: August 2, 2015
Nice playing. And you managed to cut the pieces and put them back together to show the different viewpoints. Great.

Elke Meier
Posted: August 2, 2015
Ray, you really have discovered playing with accompaniment for yourself, haven't you :).

In terms of posture I only have one comment: Your head still seems tilted a bit, which means there is not a straight line from your spine up to your head - which means the muscles in your neck need to do more (and other) work than what they should have to do. Watch what happens with your head at the very end: At 1:27-28 your head goes straight again. And I think this is the position it should also have while you play.

Barb Wimmer
Posted: August 2, 2015
You look comfortable.  What kind of shoulder rest do you have and you said you are happy with your setup?    You sound good. Nice playing a fun song I haven't played that one for a long time. Do you feel like you have enough height and maybe that isn't important and support with the rest?