No time for another development blog entry today. Here's a pic I took of four violins that I owned (two of which have subsequently been sold, two of which I also used to make my avatar).
A violin scroll, is a violin scroll, is a violin scroll, right? That's the way it's been done for 400 years, by cracky,and that's the way it shall be forevermore, amen!
Except when someone decides to do things a bit differently. The odd man out scroll is from a Chanot replica.
That's is where I'm headed with my WonderThumb. It seems that everyone and their brother pretty much takes it for granted that a shoulder rest is what gets used to support a violin, end of story, no questions asked.
But my concept turns that around: support for the violin originally was done by the left hand. Why do we now transfer that duty to someone's jaw and neck by clamping something across the back of the instrument? If help is needed in support, why not aid the left hand itself. Hands are made to hold things up, the only thing your neck was made to hold up is your head. Utilizing it to hold a violin may not be the best use of resources...
Don't get me wrong! I think the Shoulder rest is a wonderful invention, and is a very useful tool to have in our arsenal of aids. I'm not bashing it! But I'm thinking there is more than one possible solution to this issue.