I cannot seem to find a reference to this practice anywhere outside of this video

(seen from the beginning of the video)

Is there an official term for this type of stance? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to playing like this? Or, does it violate some kind of general violin posture rules?


I believe that in this case it is an affectation for the purposes of the video, c.f this live performance, where standard modern technique is used. Basically, I think that some combination of the artist and the director thought that it would look more archaic. There are indications that earlier Baroque technique would involve holding the instrument lower. And of course, the viol de gamba would be played with the instrument in the lap.

Overall, I find this posture most similar to how the nykelharpa is held; which is a significantly different instrument in that mechanical keys are used to stop the strings.

  • Thank you! I suppose it is probably an affectation for the performance. I don't suppose such a stance lends any "advantages" over the standard, does it? – ManRow Jun 20 '18 at 3:04

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