I have received emails about what "chinrest" I use in my YouTube videos, so I wanted to share that answer in a quick blog post here.
I always told my students that if I could go back in time, I would change the term "chinrest" to "jaw rest" since it's a misnomer. In reality, the chin is not involved in violin placement, and it is the jaw that contacts the face of the violin. This terminology has befuddled more than one student in my career, and they tried defeatedly to place their chin there.
That's why I love center-mounted chinrests. I find them much more ergonomic. Here is a LINK to one that is similar to what you see me use on my YouTube videos.
While we are on the subject of violin gear, you may enjoy this informal study we did here at Music for Young Violinists about what were the teacher's favorite shoulder pads. You may be surprised at what came in 1st place. Click HERE to see.
Do you have a suggestion on some helpful chinrests or shoulder pads or anything related to setting up an instrument?
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