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HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES, AND TOES: MOVEMENT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ERGONOMIC SHOULDER PAD AND CHINREST

Posted by Lynne Denig on May 25, 2017 3:47:03 PM

The children’s song “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” has been used over the last sixty years to teach young children anatomy and to get them moving as they point to each part. The tune is actually a good advertisement for how we, as violinists and violists, should make use of our bodies as we play—from the top of our heads down to the soles of our feet. However, movement sometimes is derailed because we have
chosen non-ergonomic equipment, especially in our choice of chinrests and shoulder pads.

[This article, by Lynne Denig was originally published in American String Teacher, Vol. 67, No. 1, © 2017 by American String Teachers Association. It has been formatted for our blog page with permission. Click to read the whole article!]

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Topics: chinrests, Shoulder Rests, Violin, Viola, Health, Accessories

Violin and Viola Accessories: The Top Five List

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Sep 18, 2012 2:58:00 PM

Are you or your child just starting to play the violin or viola? Here are a few necessary accessories that you will need as you start out on this exciting journey.

1. Rosin
Without rosin your bow won’t work. It helps to create friction between the horsehair and the strings which, in turn, causes vibrations. There are a plethora of options to choose from, so here are a few guidelines. 

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Topics: Rosin, Metronomes, Tuners, Beginner Violin, Shoulder Rests, Music Stands, Accessories, Mutes

Notes from a SHAR Apprentice - Shoulder Rests

Posted by Rachel Krueger on Mar 2, 2011 11:34:00 AM

Shoulder Rests:
Choose your own Adventure!
by Christine Beamer

Like most violists, I have tried pretty much every shoulder rest out there in search of a perfect fit. While some people find a shoulder rest that fits them to a tee, do not panic if you love the height of one shoulder rest but the curve of another! There are many ways to customize a rest so it fits your personal body shape - here are just a few to get you started.

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Topics: Tips, SHAR Apprentice, Shoulder Rests

Viva La Musica Shoulder Rests

Posted by Eric Hook on Feb 15, 2011 10:13:00 AM

SHAR now carries a full line of solid wood Viva La Musica shoulder rests for violin and viola.  These ergonomically-designed shoulder rests are all fully adjustable for height and width, and they have a unique lateral adjustment system which gives a custom fit on your shoulder. The ribbed rubber feet secure the shoulder rest with the minimum amount of contact with your instrument, which gives you the best resonance and projection.

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Topics: Violin, Viola, Shoulder Rests

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