Violin maker and restorer Rebecca Houghton wrote this book as a gift to players, teachers and parents who need essential advice on caring for their instrument. Packed with facts and information, it de-mystifies everything from changing strings and choosing a chin rest to dealing with slipping pegs and one-off emergency scenarios.
Houghton’s book couples close-up photography with a practical guide that helps to improve life as a musician.
Containing information on correct string heights, neck lengths of fractional-size instruments, the Alexander technique and shoulder rests, the book is just £20 to keep it within the budget of young players and students. This will be a perfect gift for string players everywhere.
Limited number of copies available while stocks last.
“This book is written in a readable style and contains a wealth of good advice, interesting facts and useful information. It provides answers to things that as a teacher and player myself I probably ought to have known but didn’t: why are some rosins dark and some amber in colour? Why should you wrap your violin in a silk scarf? Why are most violin and viola bows haired with white rather than black hair? I found it to be a fascinating read and would recommend it to all who teach and play the violin or the viola, as well as to parents of young players.”
Celia Cobb, The Strad, September 2018