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The Development of a Violinist


©Photo by Lois Siegel
2004
Inventions


Soft-Pro Chin Rest Pad


The matte-black chin rest pad comfortably cushions the chin on the chin-rest and allows the violin to be held more securely.  It is a self-adhering pad that is easily positioned on the violin or viola.

Many violinists are afflicted with skin irritations due to clenching a rigid chin rest.  The Soft-pro chin rest cover provides flexible comfort to the player and eliminates skin irritation. Soft-pro is also available in a junior size.

        Violin Mute

The finissima mute transforms the violin sound into a smooth muting effect without diminishing or eliminating many of the important overtones that are often lost with mutes that 'pinch' the bridge.  The mute applies pressure only to the top of the bridge, thus letting the bridge 'breathe' while producing a subdued tone-colour that is able to be projected in a hall.

The mute may stay permanently on the strings ready for use. The violin mute is easily placed on the bridge of the violin. It slides from the strings onto the bridge to mute the sound.

Holding the bridge with your index finger and using light downward pressure on the back of the mute with the thumb, you slide the mute forward until the leading edge rides over the top of the bridge.

The mute is normally placed between the A and D strings, resting behind the bridge on the string windings back towards, but not touching, the tailpiece, ready for instant and noiseless use.

Both of these items are available through Shar Music and Finissima.


Photo by Adam Nadel, The Associated Press
Isaac Stern using the
finissima violin mute

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