Violins

Violins

Have you ever played a string instrument? I confess I haven’t. I’ve only played the piano, but never achieved real competence, though I enjoy playing very much.

My favorite orchestral piece featuring string instruments is Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Here is one of my favorite You-Tube videos featuring Chris Botti on trumpet and an amazing violinist, Lucia Micarelli. Together, they perform a heart-rending duet of “Emmanuel”. Prepare to have your own heart-strings plucked…yes, pun intended! Video

FunFacts about Violins (Source) (Source)

  • The violin is known informally as the fiddle.
  • The violin has four strings tuned in perfect fifths.
  • It is commonly played by drawing a bow across the strings or plucking the strings with the fingers.
  • The most sought-after violins come from the Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati families from the 16th to the 18th century.
  • The word ‘violin’ has its origin in Medieval Latin from the word ‘vitula’ which means ‘stringed instrument’.
  • The violin we know today was invented over 500 years ago.
  • Violins come in different sizes. They increase incrementally to accommodate the student’s age.
  • Violins are not a simple instrument. They are made up of over 70 distinct pieces of wood.
  • The most common woods used for violins are spruce and maple.
  • Want to burn some calories? Practicing or playing for one hour will use up 170 calories.
  • The violin bow contains anywhere from 150 to 200 hairs and can be made of a variety of materials like nylon and horse hair.
  • The strings of the violin were first made of sheep gut though it was commonly known as catgut. The gut was stretched, dried and twisted.
  • Other materials used to make violin strings are: steel, or synthetic materials covered with different metals. Sometimes the strings were plated with silver.

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25 thoughts on “Violins

  1. I had piano lessons as a child, but no violin.

    Just as well because the violin is my favourite instrument to listen to. Any disastrous attempt on my part might have turned me off this beautiful instrument.

  2. I, too, learn to play the piano when I was younger. I love listening to the violin sections of different kind of music. The song i think of most when I think of the fiddle is Jack Daniels’ “Devil’s Down in Georgia”.

  3. What beautiful pictures of an elegant instrument. The sound coaxed from them is quite beautiful. Nothing soothes my “soul” like a mellow violin. Thanks for the beauty.

  4. I actually tried violin as a kid. I wasn’t bad but never really got into it. I much preferred the piano lessons. But my favorite was learning the guitar from my dad! I’m not the greatest but I can get by and its a fun thing to bring alone when I go on camping trips.

  5. Didn’t we all have piano lessons as a kid? I know I did too. Violin? Not so much. It is a beautiful instrument, but not my favorite. After abandoning the piano, I took up the guitar. Had that instrument for years until I passed it on to another aspiring musician in need. For my listening pleasure, I like the cello. The higher tones of the violin can hurt my ears – unfortunately. (I don’t listen to many sopranos for the same reason.) This piece in the video was lovely. Not too many really high notes. I could listen and enjoy. Thank you.

  6. I love stringed instruments, especially the violin. I have played since I was 9 years old. I can also play the cello. I love classical music, apocalyptica, lindsey sterling, 2 cellos and so many more stringed instrument bands and players. I no longer have a cello and miss playing. Have been considering getting another one.

  7. never played the piano – can’t use both hands & read music at the same time! BUT I did play the viola, the lower voiced violin, when a child. somehow that ability never translated to the piano. oh well, singing is more fun anyway!

  8. I have zero talent when it comes to playing instruments.
    Couldn’t even play chopsticks correctly.
    If I did have any ability I would have loved to try the violin.

  9. I had a sister who played violin for a while, but I never did. I enjoy the bigger stringed instruments more, I think… Mmm, cellos!

    • Lunar,
      My husband plays the cello. It’s one of the reasons I married him…not kidding! I love the lower, resonant sounds.

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  10. I took piano lessons for three years. I have nothing to show for it.

    Pachelbel’s in Canon in D is probably the most beautiful song in violin. It was my wedding march. (25th anniversary was 10/24)

    denise form Maryland

  11. Never played the violin but love listening to violin music. I love the 2nd picture with all the different sizes of violins. Those that do play, besides loving it, seems it helps keep them trimmed down too! Wow, 500 years ago, that is amazing! (AZ)

  12. Such lovely instruments! I have zero musical talent and very much admire anyone who plays an instrument, especially stringed ones.

  13. I’ve never played a violin and honestly have never wanted to. Lindsey Sterling, however, plays beautifully. She is amazing!

    • Nikki,
      Thanks for the recommendation. I’m listening to her on YouTube as we speak. I’m also working on tomorrow’s blog!

      Caris,
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

    • Charlene,
      I’m so sorry to hear it! Any chance you could pick up an instrument and just have some fun with it?

      Caris,
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

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