One last round for the experiment!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are doing fine!

Here is an update on my experiment on playing without using a shoulder rest and / or chin rest.

From the 123 people who filled out the entrance form, 65 people started sending video recordings. Together they sent me an enormous data source of 494 videos,  in total around 41 hours of material, which I am still analysing. It’s great, thank you so much!

Some people are working on the 12 lessons already over a year now… which is much longer than I expected, but I am impressed that you are still so motivated and interested. So if you are one of them, for example Cecilia and Ingrid who still sent me videos last weeks, please continue! It would be great if you can finish the project before February 1st, 2024. I need more people to complete the whole program, so please do so.

There will be one more ‘last round’ for new people who want to start the 12-lesson program now, as I met some interested people in the Florilegium orchestra where I performed last month. So for everyone who was not available last year somehow: this is your chance! You can still start now and we will have weekly zooms sessions again on Wednesday mornings, starting tomorrow November 1st.

However, for these new people I will be much more strict than last year :-)… because this time I really want to test if we can do it in a 12 week time span. So if you join now, I will really require that you send in a video once a week and then continue to the next lesson, ok?

For people who started last year and somehow never came further than the first few lessons: You are very welcome to start aging and follow the ‘strict’ 12 week program from now on. It would be great for my data if you do so. Just subscribe through my website again (in the footer) to receive the pasword and after logging in, fill out the entrance form again. Than I see that you made a new start.

The results from the people who finished the experiment are very positive: From the group playing without chin rest, 88% experienced an improvement in physical freedom in playing, 55% experienced less discomfort than when they started the experiment and 66% could practice longer time compared to the start of the experiment. From the group playing without shoulder rest (but with chin rest) the results were equally positive: 100% was happy with what they learned, 100% experienced an improvement in physical freedom in playing, 66% experienced less discomfort than when they started the experiment. Super!

Please be welcome to join the Zoom session next Wednesday 11:00AM (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna)  if you want… Just to meet or to ask some questions. Would be nice to meet up.

Esther Visser is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Playing without chin or shoulder rest
Time: Nov 1, 2023 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Thank you and hope to see you tomorrow or in the next weeks!


“I think your research is very important and I think you are very right on all the points you raised. I am so thankful that your talk about this, because almost every musician has unhelpful habits.”

– Jun Keller, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
participant in the experiment