Using a shoulder rest for your violin is not obligatory and is usually down to your personal preference. There are many examples of famous violinists who are using a shoulder rest (e.g. David Garrett) and ones who do not (e.g. Itzhak Perlman). However, at some point when learning or performing the violin you may find yourself in a situation where you do need to use a shoulder rest, therefore, I have listed some helpful tips on choosing a shoulder rest that will give you that extra comfort and support.