It's played like a violin, but looks totally different. And it sounds totally different, too. You may have seen this unusual stringed instrument, that is played with a bow, in a Japanese movie and wondered what it was. Well, if it was indeed a Japanese movie, it was most likely a kokyu. But if the movie was Chinese or set in China, the instrument was probably an … [Read more...] about Japanese Violin-Like Instrument: What Is It Exactly?
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What is the difference between fiddles and violins? You don't spill beer on a violin! Ok, so that's an old (and somewhat lame) joke. In actuality, 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 … [Read more...] about What Is The Difference Between A Violin And A Fiddle?
Don't know the difference between a violin and a viola? You're not alone. Most people can't tell the difference. Even many musicians can't tell the two apart, if they are not players of stringed instruments. And there is a good reason for that. These two instruments are very similar and are often confused. That said, while they are closely related, they each have … [Read more...] about What Is The Difference Between A Violin And A Viola?
It's a pain, but it has to be done. 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. For that reason, many violinists opt to pay someone to rehair their bow. It's easier and safer. If you … [Read more...] about How To Rehair A Violin Bow
Your violin is going to start sounding worse and worse. But don't worry: that does not mean it is slowly deteriorating to the point where you need to buy a new one. It simply means you need to clean your violin. If it is not maintained properly, the sound quality starts to go downhill. It also becomes more and more at risk for permanent damage. To avoid this and to … [Read more...] about How To Clean Your Violin Without Causing Damage
You've got the fundamentals down. You've been learning to play the violin and have progressed beyond the beginning stages as a violinist It's time to learn some more advanced techniques. One advanced technique that isn't too hard to learn is vibrato. Doing vibrato on a violin is not simple, by any means, but anyone can master it with a bit of practice. You can … [Read more...] about How To Produce Vibrato On A Violin