ABOUT THE VIOLIN:
The violin is a stringed musical instrument comprising four strings tuned a fifth apart. It is the smallest and highest-tuned member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, cello and double bass. The lowest string (and hence the lowest note) is the G just below middle C, then in ascending order D, A and E. Sheet music for a violin almost always uses the G clef (treble clef)..
The famous Steinway pianos that have become the benchmark for well-crafted pianos could have had a completely different name. Henry Steinway changed his name from Engelhard Steinweg after arriving in the United States and starting his own company.
The violin is played by using the right hand to draw the bow at right angles across one of the strings, near the bridge, causing the string to vibrate. Pitch is controlled by selecting the string that the bow contacts (by altering the vertical angle of the bow), and by regulating the sounding length of that string by pressing it down onto the fingerboard with one of the fingers of the left hand..
The modern violin has been around for roughly 500 years. It was said to have been designed in the 1500’s by Andrea Amati..
Playing the violin burns approximately 170 calories per hour. Forget about your workout and start practicing harder!.
Violins are typically comprised of spruce or maple wood..
Violins come in many different sizes. Typically, students will start learning violin at a young age with a 1/32 or 1/16 size violin. As the student ages they will graduate up to a full sized violin..
Violins are very complex. Over 70 different pieces of wood are put together to form the modern violin..
The word violin comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument;.
The world record in cycling backwards playing a violin is 60.45 kilometres in 5 hours 8 seconds..
The most expensive violin in the world was made by Giuseppe Guarneri in 1741. This extravagant violin was appraised with a value of $18 million..
Violin bows typically contain 150 to 200 hairs. They can be made up of a variety of materials including nylon and horse hair.
Violin strings were first made of sheep gut (commonly known as catgut), which was stretched, dried, and twisted. Other materials violin strings have been made out of include: solid steel, stranded steel, or various synthetic materials, wound with various metals, and sometimes plated with silver.