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Violin 101: What Is a Violin Chinrest? Learn About 5 Types of Violin Chinrests, and 2 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing the Right Chinrest

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Last updated: Sep 2, 2022 • 2 min read

In order to keep a violin aligned horizontally (parallel to the ground), a violinist must hold the violin in place using the left side of her chin. In the early days of violin performance, this meant putting one’s chin in direct contact with the wood instrument, but this changed with the nineteenth century advent of the chinrest.