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Violin Facts

20 Interesting Facts About The Violin

The Violin is the upper-voice in the String family in an orchestra. The Violin is known historically to celebrate the human voice, due to its human shape and human-like voice. It’s fitting that Italy is the country of the Violin’s origin, it being the land of the Opera and the celebration of the human voice.

Members of the Violin family include the Violin itself, the Cello, the Double Bass and the Electric Violin. Different types of Violins have presented themselves throughout history, such as the Horn-Violin, which unsurprisingly, creates sound using a horn rather than a soundbox.

Here are twenty interesting facts about this compelling instrument.  

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1. The first Violin was invented in the 16th Century

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Most historians believe the first ever Violin was created in the early 16th Century in Northern Italy. This area is thought to have maintained the violin-making tradition for many centuries. Then and since, maple and spruce are the two types of wood favoured by Violin-makers. Both woods are readily available in the Lombardy region. 

2. The world’s most expensive Violin

The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is thought to be the most expensive Violin in the world. The Guarneri del Gesù instrument sold for a cool $16 million dollars, that’s (£10.5 million)! The instrument’s new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument on loan to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life. What a generous offer!

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3. Violins are very complex. Violins are made up of...

A modern Violin is made up of approximately 70 different types of wood. Now, let’s talk about the Violin’s anatomy. There are six main parts to the violin. These are the tuning pegs, the fingerboard, the F-hole, the bridge, the chin rest and the fine tuners.

4. What are the different types of Violin?

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Today: 

  • The Violin
  • The Electric Violin, as suggested by its name, uses electricity to generate sound. No F-board is required. The Electric Violin will produce a more acoustic sound when plugged into an amplifier.
  • The Semi-Electric Violin is also known as the Electric-Acoustic Violin and its internal acoustics mean that it still produces an acoustic sound even when it’s not plugged into an amplifier. For this reason, it is also known as the Electric Pick-Up Violin.

Historically: 

  • Pre-Baroque stringed instruments existed, like the Baroque violin, which was the forefather of the Violin.
  • The Classical Violin was invented in the late 18th, early 19th Century. The classical Violin has a slimmer neck and a higher string tension than the standard Violin.
  • The Stroh Violin, which is often referred to as the Horn-Violin was developed by John Stroh in the late 19th Century. This Violin uses a horn rather than a sound box to project sound.

5. How many strings?

The Violin has four strings. These are, from high to low; E, A, D and G.

6. The Violin is a String Instrument

The string family is the largest in a modern-day orchestra. The string family is made up of the Violin, the Viola, the Cello and the Double Bass.