Balancing act: How to shift on the baroque violin. Alana Youssefian and Voices of Music 4K UHD.

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In this video, Alana Youssefian shows how to shift left hand position on the baroque violin. Unlike the modern violin, the baroque violin has no chin rest to hold the instrument in place. Although there are a few references to later baroque players holding their instruments with their chins, most iconography sources and treatises show that the baroque violin was played “chin off” in the baroque period. When the violin is held this way, it resonates more freely, but it requires a special technique to shift the left hand.
For more information on holding the baroque violin we recommend this excellent site: https://www.baroque-violin.info/vhold1.html
4K video and audio recording, editing and post production by David Tayler, Hanneke van Proosdij and Andrew Levy.

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