Before the Chinrest

A Violinist's Guide to the Mysteries of Pre-Chinrest Technique and Style

by Stanley Ritchie

Published by: Indiana University Press

168 pages, 8.50 x 11.00 in, 260 music exx. and 1 b&w illustration

  • Paperback
  • 9780253223180
  • Published: July 2012


  • eBook
  • 9780253001115
  • Published: July 2012


Drawing on the principles of Francesco Geminiani and four decades of experience as a baroque and classical violinist, Stanley Ritchie offers a valuable resource for anyone wishing to learn about 17th-18th-and early 19th-century violin technique and style. While much of the work focuses on the technical aspects of playing the pre-chinrest violin, these approaches are also applicable to the viola, and in many ways to the modern violin. Before the Chinrest includes illustrated sections on right- and left-hand technique, aspects of interpretation during the Baroque, Classical, and early-Romantic eras, and a section on developing proper intonation.