The book provides the beginner with a complete guide to viol technique, and the experienced player with a wealth of information not available elsewhere. Wieland Kuijken, Brussels "Play the Viol's great strength is that it is a genuine and generous handbook ... it is the author's genius for explaining techniques and solving physical problems in terms of the simplest practical logic, without dogmatism or the least penchant for professional mystique, that will give this book its standing and encourage willing-spirited and weak-fleshed tiros like myself to persevere." Stephen Banfield, Musical Times
The viol has become increasingly popular in recent years as an instrument for the amateur with an interest in early music. With this rise in popularity has grown the need for a tutor, which gives detailed advice on playing technique and which is aware of the specific requirements of the adult beginner. "Play the Viol", written to meet exactly this need, is the first comprehensive guide to appear in modern times and covers the treble, tenor, and bass viol. Its detailed technical instruction is based on original sources and on Alison Crum's extensive experience of performing and teaching. The book assumes no knowledge beyond an ability to read music, but aims to help players to reach an advanced standard, even without regular access to a teacher. Each point is fully illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and carefully graded musical exercises. The book surveys the viol repertoire, discussing the many different styles of music. It highlights problems likely to be encountered and shows how they can be overcome. Advice is given on practising, improvising, consort-playing, and performing.
A unique feature of the book is the inclusion of practical information on choosing and caring for viols and bows, and a wide-ranging list of published music for viol.