Putting on your shoulder rest takes practice, and it can be frustrating sometimes.
I have a few tricks to share, I hope it will make this process a little easier.
If you have a shoulder rest that is shaped somewhat like this: Place it on a flat surface on its feet. Looking at it sideways, you should see an S-shaped curve. The high end of the curve is the left side and the low end of the curve is the right side.
Step 1: Sitting down, violin on lap, strings facing down between your legs. (We don't want an accident to happen!)
Step 2: Identify the left side (high) and the right side (low).
Step 3: Left hand grabs the left leg of the shoulder rest, and the right hand grabs the right leg.
Step 4: With padding facing up, turn both legs of the shoulder rest towards the center. Looking straight down, it should look like the letter V--like this ( \ / )
Step 5: Slide the shoulder rest onto the bottom of your violin, clipping it to the ridges on the sides.
Step 6: Adjust the legs as needed until it is clipped on snuggly.
Here is what you should see:
Ta-da! If you put the shoulder rest on correctly, it should resemble a sad face. :(
Now finally, hold on to the neck of the violin and give it a couple shakes to test its stability.
If it doesn't fall off, you are good to go!
Leave a comment to let me know if this helps you or not. :)