Shoulder Rests

Shoulder rests are very important part of playing the viola comfortably. In order to maintain the most balanced posture possible, it is necessary to assure that we bring the instrument to us, rather than bringing ourselves to the instrument. Finding the best fitting shoulder rest, along with the most comfortable chin rest, can help the player maintain good playing posture. If you haven’t tried all of the available shoulder rests, it’s a good idea to make your way to a music store that carries as many of them as possible and try them all. Make sure there is a mirror, so you can check what you look like and not rely on only how it feels. If you have been experiencing pain that is due to faulty posture, any change in shoulder rest is likely to feel very different; however, a check in the mirror will let you know if it is an improvement over your previous position. The following list of shoulder rests will help you get started. Please let us know if we have omitted any shoulder rests so that we can make our list as comprehensive as possible.

Widely available shoulder rests - #foam shoulder rest  *currently violin only; viola model soon
#AcoustaGrip
Artino
#Artino Magic Pad
Bon Musica
Comford
Empire
Everest
#Komfort Kurve foam shoulder rest
Kun
*Linnd
Mach One/Mach One Hook Model
Pedi Elegante
#Perfect Shoulder Rest foam shoulder rests
*Pirastro Korfker Rest
Playonair
Resonans
#Super Sensitive Pad
Viva la Musica
Wittner Isny Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Wolf Forte Primo
Wolf Forte Secondo
#Xeros Shoulder Cushion

Rests only available in certain places
The Benham Support System (not really a shoulder rest, but a different system of support) http://www.adjustablechinrests.co.uk/
Burton Kaplan’s Shoulder Horn
Happynex viola sling  
#The Loft Shop shoulder sponges  

#Poly Pads by Michael Kimber
Sure Tone shoulder rest
The Slipper

StoweMaster

 

 

 

 

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