Answers to a few of your questions, plus the Moise Robin tune Grosse Maman…Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
Hi, I’m Mitch Reed! Welcome to my vlog. My vlog today is on the importance of using a shoulder rest or something that can help you keep the fiddle on your shoulders. I’ve had some people ask questions about this, if I use the shoulder rest. When I first started studying violin, I studied the Suzuki program when I was a kid and my teacher made me get a shoulder rest. Then I started hanging out with a lot of old Cajun fiddlers who didn’t use them. So I quit using them and I was basically trying to just copy what they were doing. And a lot of those guys were holding the fiddle, you know, down here, learned from Mr. Artigo. He held the fiddle kind of low sometimes like this. [ 0:53 ]
I went a little while without using a shoulder rest and then I started hanging out with some fiddle players that were really good and had really good technique. You know, just learning from them and what they had to say about the importance of holding the fiddle as much as you can like this. If you can, hold the fiddle without using your left hand. I mean you’re gonna use your left hand at some point. You’re going to have the fiddle in your left hand. But if you can try to maintain that as best you can. What it does for you is it just takes pressure off your left hand to hold the fiddle up and just focus on playing the notes. And I found that when I went back to using a shoulder rest, my intonation got a lot better, My pitch got way better and I started also doing slides in the third position and that made it a lot easier too, having that shoulder rest.