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The Violin

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Samantha Bushman

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of The Violin

A String Instrument
The Violin
4 Strings
Did you Know?
The Strings on a violin go from lowest pitch to highest pitch. Left to right. Like a book!
The violin can be traced back to 9th century Europe, Possibly Asia. Like most instruments, What we know today as playable was not always so. However, it took less than 450 years to evolve.
Originally, the bow, which the violin is played with, arched like the curve of a circle, but as the instrument evolved, so did it's player. Now we see a curve inward.
The Bow
Made of Horse hair and wood
Noise made when bow slides across strings
Base/ Double Bass
Google Images
resin that comes from pine sap
comes in a cake
is scratched to create powdery surface
then applied to the bow
helps bow move smoother across strings
helps create better tone
How it's Made
Violin can be played solo, with a small string group, string orchestra, or full orchestra, which includes band instruments.
Usually out of maple wood
Hollow inside to resonate sound
Fingerboard made of Ebony
Front and back hand planed to create perfect curve of wood
"Gut," Sheep wound with silver (warm sound, good for baroque era music)
Synthetic, nylon/composites (Warm sound, Stable pitch)
Steel (Good for beginners, bright sound)
Each string creates different sound
Usually player preference
Some strings better for different genres of music played
Different thicknesses/tensions create unique sound
Thanks To:
Library Thinkquest (.com)
Violinstudent (.com)
Google images
violinist (.com)
West Seattle Blog (via Youtube)
How many years did it take for the violin to evolve?
What animal is the hair of a bow made from?
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