Choosing a set of violin strings can be tricky. What type do I buy? How much do I want to spend? What’s the difference between a ‘ball end’ and a ‘knotted end’? We'll cover all those questions and more. There's even a FAQ section at the end of this article. But the goal is to put everything you’ll need to know to choose the right violin strings for you into this … [Read more...] about All About Violin Strings (And How To Choose The Right Ones)
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That large instrument that looks like a violin could actually be several things. The violin family has 4 primary members, of which the violin is the smallest, the viola the next smallest, the cello larger than that and the double bass the largest. The viola is the most similar to the violin, since they are both played on the shoulder. It is larger than the … [Read more...] about Huge Violin-Like Instrument: What Is It And How Does It Compare?
It's not an easy choice. The violin and the viola are very similar. But there are a few key differences. Plus, they both have unique advantages for players who choose them. The key to deciding on either the violin or the viola is figuring out which instrument's advantages are more important to you. And which one's disadvantages are easier to live with. Once you have … [Read more...] about Violin Or Viola: Which Should I Play?
This is a trick question. The violin is the smallest and highest pitched instrument in the chordophone family. It has four strings which require a bow to play. The bow is usually made of a collective of strands of horse hair. They are tuned to the exact right tension that they create the desired sound when they glide along the violin strings. It is believed that the … [Read more...] about What Is The Difference Between A Violin And A Fiddle?
The viola and the violin are very similar and are often confused. While the two instruments are closely related, they each have distinct features that set them apart, in both appearance and performance. Size The viola is slightly larger than the violin. Placing the instruments next to each other makes this clear. The viola is both longer and wider. The average … [Read more...] about What Is The Difference Between A Violin And A Viola?
If you own a violin, the time will come when you need to rehair your violin bow. Like changing a string, this can seem like a daunting task. These bows are delicate and if you accidentally damage them, they can be costly to replace. Beginning violinists and experienced instrumentalists alike often make the same mistakes. Luckily, they are easy to avoid if you follow the … [Read more...] about How To Rehair A Violin Bow
Whenever someone mentions stringed instruments one quickly springs to mind: the violin. It is one of the most treasured instruments, because of the wide range of heartwarming sounds it produces. That said, the quality of sound produced by any violin decreases pretty quickly, if the instrument is not maintained properly. The only surefire way to keep a violin sounding its … [Read more...] about How To Clean Your Violin Without Causing Damage
If you have been learning to play the violin and have progressed beyond the beginning stages as a violinist, you likely feel ready to tackle a few more advanced techniques. One advanced technique that isn't too hard to learn is vibrato. Doing vibrato on a violin is not simple, but anyone can master it with a bit of practice. You can easily pull it off on a violin for … [Read more...] about How to Produce Vibrato on a Violin