String Instruments

String instruments are any instruments which produce sound by vibrating strings. Many instruments belong in this family, including: banjos, cellos, double basses, guitars, violas, and violins. Questions about these instruments belong here.

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Cello

Who is Dominicus Montagnana?

He was a violin maker from the 18th century in Italy.

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Violin

Why are there so many violins in an orchestra?

Individual string instruments are much quieter than the other families of instruments playing in an orchestra. So the string section has to reinforce their sound by having multiple instruments playing the same part. It is also true that the lower in pitch the range of a string instrument is, the louder it is (to human ears) thus the violins need more instruments per part than the violas, who need more instruments per part than the cellos, who in turn need more instruments per part than the double basses, who only need a few more instruments per part than the remaining instruments of the wind and brass sections

Also, there are 2 parts or 3 different parts, first violins, second violins and sometimes and rarely 3rd violins but usually instead of 3rd violins there are violas. The two parts play different notes causing a different variety of music than a few violins would provide.

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Violin

Which is better trumpet or violin?

Depends on what you want to do with it. You can't play violin in a marching band.

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Each instument has its place in an orchestra. The violin is mostly for the melody of a piece of music, while the trumpet is used as a sort of fill in along with the other instruments, together they make up the whole of the piece. Years ago the trumpet played a big part in what we call The Big Band era i.e Glen Miller , Joe Loss, Benny Goodman and so on.

When you hear a quintet of trumpets the sound can blow your mind with their brassy notes. While the same number of violins, each playing its assigned notes is heaven sent. As played as solo instuments each has its own attraction for the listener. Each has the power to please the ear.

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Violin

Who is the creator of the violin?

Andrea Amati was credited with the invention of the violin.

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Did Michael Landon really play the violin?

From what I read about him & the Little House series online, the answer to your question is no. He does not actually ever play the "fiddle" in the show.

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Violin

What are people called who makes the violin?

Violin makers. I don't think there's a specific word for it.

They are called luthiers. Luthiers make and repair string instruments.

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Violin

Can you play two notes on a cello like you can on the violin?

Of course one can, drawing the bow across two strings simultaneously will produce two notes easily.

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String Instruments

Is George Perlman related to Itzak Perlman?

No ... no relations whatsoever.

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Banjo

What does pluck a banjo mean?

It just means pulling each individual string when playing, rather than strumming - as you sometimes would with a guitar.

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Violin

What vibrates when you play the violin?

The bow makes the string vibrate. The vibrations are transferred through the bridge to the instrument top. Vibrations are transferred from the top to the back side through a sound post. So, pretty much the whole body vibrates.

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Instrument Buying and Selling
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Ukulele
Violin

How much is a Violin-Uke worth?

Depends on the manufacturer, condition and what comes with it. I've seen some go for upwards of $200 on ebay and others with starting bids of $20.

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What clef does a viola play in?

Alto clef.

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Banjo

How do you spell banjo?

That is the correct spelling of "banjo" (a stringed instrument).

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String Instruments

What is fortified rosin?

Rosin is a weak organic acid. Fortified rosin is rosin to which additional acid groups have been added. This is most commonly done by a Diels-Alder reaction using either fumaric acid or maleic acid.

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Guitars
String Instruments

Can you trust guitar center?

Yes, they are a great place. I've always had great service and the people are USUALLY vary knowledgeable.

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Violin

How has the violin changed over time and why?

One significant change was the addition of the chinrest. In the early era of music (e.g. baroque era), the violin was placed somewhat below the collarbone. Gradually, as violin technique changed, the chinrest was added so the violinist could hold the violin between his chin and shoulder.

Other changes include the shape of the f-holes in the violin, the shape of the body of the violin, and the curvature of the violin bow.

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How many cello's play in the orchestra?

Normally there 8-12 cellos in an orchestra

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Violin

How many kinds of violins are there?

There are 4 types of violin, the violin (of course) the viola, the cello, and the bass. But you can view it from a different angle, there is a 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 and a full violin, electric violin, and the Chinese violin which is called erhu

The viola, cello and bass are not types of violins, they are separate instruments. They also can be found in 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 7/8 and the 2/4 is referred to as a 1/2. The Erhu is also a separate instrument. So really there is only two kind of violins, the acoustic and electric.

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iPod Touch

What is a tourte mute?

It is used on a violin, it is a price of rubber which sits on the bridge in-between the a and d string.

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What is the name for a string instrument that has four letters and starts with the letter V?

viol

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Violin

What is the best position to hold a violin?

in a comfortable position between your collarbone and neck, chin on chinrest. You should always have good posture, head up (no drooping), back straight, feet shoulder width apart, one slightly in front. ur welcome ;D

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Banjo

What year was the banjo invented?

18th century

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Violin

How high and low can a violin play?

it can actually, ok this may be a little shocking,but it can play so high that you not even dogs can hear it and it can play so low that you can make a dog deaf

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Assassins Creed
Assassins Creed 2

Where can you get assassin's creed sheet music for strings?

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String Instruments

What is krachap pi?

Grajabpi is plucking 4 string instruments. The instrument is possibly originated from Java (Indonesia). The instrument had limited player in Thailand and not usually presented in the band performance. See link for a sample demonstration of grajabpi in action.

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