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If there is one instrument that represents orchestral music to the general public, it’s the violin. After all, you never see anyone sarcastically pantomiming a harp in mock pity, right? What most people outside the music world probably don’t know, however, is how many different types of violins there are. Considering the subtle variations that can exist among violins that are otherwise similar, the answer can be complicated. For clarity’s sake, we’re going to break it down according to generally accepted categories.

 

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So much of what we enjoy today has ancient origins. People have been fermenting grapes into wine for 10,000 years. Baking bread goes back even farther. The way these things are made by hand varies little today from the ancient methods. The same can be said for luthiers who craft violins.

 

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Thank goodness for trees. We celebrate trees for many reasons. Mostly, people think about the vital role trees play in sustaining the environment and wildlife. And, because of trees, we have violins and other stringed instruments.

 

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Prior to electricity and the advent of instrument amplification, violinists were “instrumental” at parties and dances because violins are one of the loudest, acoustic instruments out there. A single violinist (or a fiddle player or two) was a host needed to get dancers out on the floor – no matter the crowd. Keep in mind that, back then, most crowds at an average social event or gathering with music wouldn’t have topped more than 100 or 200 people.

 

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For all the attention given virtuoso musicians, where would any of them be without an extraordinary instrument?

If you've been a violin student for any length of time, "Guarneri" is a name you've heard. Now is the time to learn a bit more about this famous family of luthiers.

 

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Being a multi-instrumentalist is a benefit in the music world. If you currently play the violin and are interested in branching out into other musical instruments or genres, it may be time to consider the mandolin.

 

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Most non-professional violinists replace their strings every 300 playing hours or so. That works out to about every three to six months. More serious students and professionals change strings more frequently.  Since this routine maintenance task takes place so often, it makes sense for musicians to learn how to do it themselves.

 

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The good news is unless you’re in a group like Apocalyptica, you won’t need to replace your instrument’s bow hairs nearly as often as you need to change its strings. Even so, bow hairs break, wear out, and become sticky and dirty over time – all of which compromise bowing technique, as well as the quality of your sound.

 

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Violin pickups are the most affordable way to amplify the sound your violin makes without investing in an electric violin, or a violin with a built-in pickup. Pickups work wonders if you’re starting to play violin in rock, folk or jazz bands, where acoustic violins can’t be heard without one, and violin pickups also work well to amplify violins and other string instruments that play in the school marching band.

 

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How Many Different Types of Violins Are There?

How Many Different Types of Violins Are There?

If there is one instrument that represents orchestral music to the general public, it’s the violin. After all, you never see anyone sarcastically pantomiming a harp in mock pity, right? What most people outside the music world probably don’t know, however, is how many different types of violins there are. Considering the subtle variations that can exist among violins that are otherwise similar, the answer can be complicated. For clarity’s sake, we’re going to break it down according to generally accepted categories.

 

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How Are Violins Made?

How Are Violins Made?

So much of what we enjoy today has ancient origins. People have been fermenting grapes into wine for 10,000 years. Baking bread goes back even farther. The way these things are made by hand varies little today from the ancient methods. The same can be said for luthiers who craft violins.

 

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What Are Violins Made Of?

What Are Violins Made Of?

Thank goodness for trees. We celebrate trees for many reasons. Mostly, people think about the vital role trees play in sustaining the environment and wildlife. And, because of trees, we have violins and other stringed instruments.

 

Read More

What is an Amp For My Violin and How Would I Use It?

What is an Amp For My Violin and How Would I Use It?

Prior to electricity and the advent of instrument amplification, violinists were “instrumental” at parties and dances because violins are one of the loudest, acoustic instruments out there. A single violinist (or a fiddle player or two) was a host needed to get dancers out on the floor – no matter the crowd. Keep in mind that, back then, most crowds at an average social event or gathering with music wouldn’t have topped more than 100 or 200 people.

 

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11 Facts You Should Know about the Guarneri Family

11 Facts You Should Know about the Guarneri Family

For all the attention given virtuoso musicians, where would any of them be without an extraordinary instrument?

If you've been a violin student for any length of time, "Guarneri" is a name you've heard. Now is the time to learn a bit more about this famous family of luthiers.

 

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What Do the Violin and Mandolin Have in Common?

What Do the Violin and Mandolin Have in Common?

Being a multi-instrumentalist is a benefit in the music world. If you currently play the violin and are interested in branching out into other musical instruments or genres, it may be time to consider the mandolin.

 

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Must-Have Cool Gear for the String Musician

Must-Have Cool Gear for the String Musician

 

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How to Replace Your Violin Strings

How to Replace Your Violin Strings

Most non-professional violinists replace their strings every 300 playing hours or so. That works out to about every three to six months. More serious students and professionals change strings more frequently.  Since this routine maintenance task takes place so often, it makes sense for musicians to learn how to do it themselves.

 

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How to Replace Your Instrument’s Bow Hair

How to Replace Your Instrument’s Bow Hair

The good news is unless you’re in a group like Apocalyptica, you won’t need to replace your instrument’s bow hairs nearly as often as you need to change its strings. Even so, bow hairs break, wear out, and become sticky and dirty over time – all of which compromise bowing technique, as well as the quality of your sound.

 

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5 Compositions Perfect For Using Your Violin Pickup

5 Compositions Perfect For Using Your Violin Pickup

Violin pickups are the most affordable way to amplify the sound your violin makes without investing in an electric violin, or a violin with a built-in pickup. Pickups work wonders if you’re starting to play violin in rock, folk or jazz bands, where acoustic violins can’t be heard without one, and violin pickups also work well to amplify violins and other string instruments that play in the school marching band.

 

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