As a significant string player, Jean-Louis Charbonnier had extensive knowledge of the musical family and was significantly instrumental in the revival of the Viola de Gamba. He compiled numerous, prolific books for the instrument, Play and Learn the Viola de Gamba being no exception.
The Viola de Gamba characteristically has straight back and six or seven strings. However, Charbonnier's Play and Learn the Viola de Gamba provides excellent and clear instruction to progression on the instrument. The book addresses general principles of the Viola de Gamba, including a diagram of the instrument, how to hold the instrument, tuning, changing the frets, how to hold the bow, bowing technique and advice concerning works and editions. For all aspiring players of the Viola de Gamba, Charbonnier's Play and Learn the Viola de Gamba provides excellent insight and instruction for beginners.