Frisch and Denig: Violin and Viola Chinrest Fitting System

Resources / Links

Who Can Do a Fitting for Me in My Area?
For names and email addresses of people who own a chinrest fitting kit near you, please Contact Us.
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All of the following pdf files are in Adobe Acrobat format, and require the Adobe Reader to be viewed properly. This is a free program, and most computers have this software already installed.
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Chinrest Choice Based on Jaw Type
Lynne Denig and Gary Frisch, American String Teacher, February 2007
This article was written by us and published in the American String Teacher, ASTA's quarterly journal. This article discusses common problems associated with chinrests and shoulder rests, and their affects on comfort and posture. We describe our methods of fitting chinrests, and show early examples of our work.  Republished here with permission from ASTA.
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Chinrest Choice Based on Jaw Type
Lynne Denig and Gary Frisch, 2006
This is the original article written by us and later published by ASTA. This contains the same information as above, but with color pictures and without magazine formatting.
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Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes: Movement and the Importance of an Ergonomic Shoulder Pad and Chinrest by Lynne Denig
An article on the topic of ergonomic chinrest and shoulder pad choice with photos showing common problems caused by incorrect equipment.
Posted with permission from American String Teacher, Vol. 67, No. 1, © 2017 by American String Teachers Association.
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Customized Violin Chinrests
Gary Frisch and Lynne Denig, Stringendo (MD/DC ASTA Newsletter)
A short synopsis of the history of Frisch and Denig’s research, reasons instrument strings should be kept parallel to the floor, and before and after photos.
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Directions for the Frisch & Denig "Fortissimo" Chinrest Fitting Kit
In-depth directions for the Fortissimo Fitting Kit. Included are photos and helpful hints for establishing good posture and determining instrument placement.
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Directions for the Frisch & Denig "Crescendo" Chinrest Fitting Kit
Coming soon:  In-depth directions for use with the Crescendo Fitting Kit. Included are photos and helpful hints for establishing good posture and determining instrument placement.
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Directions for the Frisch & Denig "Piccolino" Chinrest Fitting Kit
Coming soon:  In-depth directions for use with the Piccolino Fitting Kit. Included are photos and helpful hints for establishing good posture and determining instrument placement.
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Head Weight Etude by Gary Frisch
How to use light head weight instead of a vice-like shoulder grip when playing.
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W.E. Hill & Sons Chin-Rests For the Violin
Catalog from circa 1930
This is a pdf file of an original Hill catalog for violin and viola chinrests. There is no date, but this catalog probably comes from the 1930s.
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Violinists and Violists Find Comfort and Playing Health Through Chinrest Fit
This pdf file is a reprint of an article that we wrote and was published on the My Kids in Orchestra website.
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Action Tunes by Mary Alice Rich: Violin Parts
Written to commemorate the 100th birthday of world-renowned pedagogue, Paul Rolland, these 10 pieces, including a student part and a teacher part, are key to establishing fine movement patterns leading to balanced, healthy playing. The pieces can be played as a duet between student and teacher, or other string instruments playing essentially the same parts can be added.  The very accessible piano parts are essentially both the student and teacher parts combined. Ms Rich, whose web site is MaryAliceRich.com, allows unlimited downloads of the tunes.  Her generosity is noted here with great appreciation.

After the Storm, Break Open the Pinata, Into the Tunnel, Kitty Found, Lost Kitty, Mountain Creek, Open Sky, Open Sesame, Opening Doors, The Valley So Low

Action Tunes by Mary Alice Rich: Viola Parts
Essentially the same parts as the violin parts above, but written in alto clef.

After the Storm, Break Open the Pinata, Into the Tunnel, Kitty Found, Lost Kitty, Mountain Creek, Open Sky, Open Sesame, Opening Doors, The Valley So Low

Action Tunes by Mary Alice Rich: Cello and Bass Parts
The cello and bass parts are essentially the same as the student violin and viola parts above, but are written in basically first position and in bass clef.  No teacher parts exist for these instruments, but the violin or viola teacher parts work very nicely with these student cello and bass parts.

After the Storm, Break Open the Pinata, Into the Tunnel, Kitty Found (Part is the same as Lost Kitty- see next), Lost Kitty, Mountain Creek, Open Sky, Open Sesame, Opening Doors, The Valley So Low

Action Tunes by Mary Alice Rich:  Piano Accompaniment/Score
Essentially the student and teacher violin/viola parts combined, these optional piano accompaniments for each of the 10 tunes are accessible to teachers who have basic piano skills.

After the Storm,  Break Open the Pinata, Into the Tunnel, Kitty Found, Lost Kitty, Mountain Creek, Open Sky, Open SesameOpening Doors, The Valley So Low
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How to Measure Violin or Viola Ribs
Because viola ribs and the ribs of fractional instruments vary widely in height, and even some full-size violins' ribs vary, Gary Frisch has asked that all chinrest orders include the rib height of the instrument they are being made for. This measurement guarantees that the hardware on the chinrest will be tall enough for your instrument.

To measure the ribs of  your instrument, the measurement only needs to be taken of the height of the wood between the seams of the top and back instrument plates.  This measurement is preferably done in millimeters, but Gary will covert a measurement done in inches.
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More information?  Contact Us.
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Fine Bows by Joshua Henry

With gratitude, we acknowledge the fine photographic hand of Joshua Henry, Bow Maker, throughout our site.  Please see his other fine work at FineViolinBows.com.

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