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?
Please let us know in the comments below.
Last month Music for Young Violinists hosted a giveaway contest, and to enter, participants had to share what their favorite shoulder pad is.
Here is a list of the favorite shoulder pad submissions from participating violin teachers beginning with the most popular. This is an informal survey, but I think it's neat to post since there were so many products that I had never heard of and may be of interest to you and your students.
Click on the product below to be directed to their website to learn more about the specifics of these different shoulder pads.
Most Popular Shoulder Pads from M4YV Teachers:
Shoulder Pads with 1 Vote Each:
The Poly-Pads by Michael Kimber are one of my favorite shoulder pads because they have an additional curve in the design that other foam pads do not include and are very economical. Michael runs a great business, they always arrive quickly and he was kind enough to donate an entire set to Music for Young Violinists for our October GIVEAWAY CONTEST!!! When I first moved to Oregon 9 years ago I bought a Poly-Pad in every size and it has been so helpful in individually fitting each student so I know these will be a benefit to 1 lucky violin teacher.
To WIN simply write in the blog comments below what your favorite shoulder pad(s) are and why. Winner will be chosen at random November 20. Thanks!
To Visit the Poly-Pad website click HERE.
Hi! It's me, Heather. I absolutely love working on the Music for Young Violinists project and all the many facets: blogging, website, music, teaching materials, freebies, videos, newsletter and giveaway contests. The best part is connecting with you so feel free to drop me a line. You can learn more about me on the "ABOUT" page. Thanks!