The oddest thing happens to me occasionally. I get pain in my shoulders (it switches between which one is worse)on the front side of my body where my shoulder meets my arm. What the heck is this? I do progressive muscle relaxation before I ever pick up my violin in the course of the day, and while I've noticed it helps my hands, arms, and my general feeling of relaxation, it doesn't seem to do anything for my shoulders or my neck. I don't really get any neck pain, just more of a kind of stiffness. How do I relax my shoulders and neck. I've really tried to analyze posture in the mirror, and there's really nothing unnatural about it. And nothing feels unnatural when I play. I DO know that I have a tendency to squeeze a little with my shoulder and tense my neck whenever I'm learning a new piece--I guess I'm just a perfectionist, and not being able to do things 100% at first tenses me up--and yet, this phenomenon only happens when I play romantic music (or if I get too gung-ho about Bach)--classical and 20th century never bothers me. I don't really get it. Is there any way to solve this problem? It would be so nice to go and play without feeling like I'm broken all the time.