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There are a lot of reasons why you can have discomfort. Shoulder and neck issues could be posture problems. Do you sit or stand when you play? Is your back straight? Is your weight balanced? Is your violin position pulling your shoulders and neck down? Jaw could be tension or it might just be the equipment you have needs to be adjusted. Do you know another fiddler or violin player who could take a look at your set up? Many music stores have knowledgeable salespeople who are musicians who can be helpful. It is always good to form a relationship with them. If you need to change equipment, buy it from them and begin a relationship with them. Make a friend there. Are you overplaying? Can you take breaks and stretch during playing/practice times? Every twenty minutes or every ten if that doesn’t work. Good luck!