2. Describing the problem

Describing the problem
Before I started the research my entire chest felt very closed and stiff. I couldn’t play fast with my left hand because I was too tense and my body felt heavy.

I always had quite contracted shoulders. Because I have a long neck, I used to put the shoulder rest quite high and this meant that and my violin was raised high off the collar bone by my shoulder rest. This made me raise my shoulders all the time.

With the new equipment I feel better; my shoulders are relaxed. I feel that I use my body in a more healthy way; my chest is more open. When I am less tense, I am more coordinated when I have to play fast. My vibrato has also improved.

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