Belts are useful. They hold up your pants. Or, if you need a little extra support, your violin.
I learned about this adaptation from Samantha, a fiddle player in California. When Samantha was twenty-one, she was in a car accident. Even though she had no major injuries from the accident, her neck hurt playing violin. She tried to raise up her shoulder rest and use extra pads. Then she explored using a strap. Samantha experimented with many straps until she discovered one that worked best: a thin, leather-woven belt.
Samantha puts the belt around her neck and then fits it around her fiddle. It allows her to look up, talk, sing, and give instructions to musicians and dancers. What a great solution!
Thanks, Samantha, for sharing!