Intro to the Violin

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The violin has been around in various guises for hundreds of years. Exponents of the instrument have contributed to musical genres as diverse as classical, jazz, country, and even pop. The instrument itself is simple; a hollow four-stringed instrument with a long, slender neck. The four strings are tuned from high to low with each note having a perfect fifth to the one below it. The instrument itself has been produced using a number of types of wood. Generally, the top is made from spruce, the rest typically being fashioned from maple. Strings have been made from metal, synthetic core, or even gut. The loudest, most true sound will be found by using metal strings. In addition to this, they are the simplest to play. Those new to learning the instrument will typically opt for steel core strings. Because the synthetic strings are made from the nylon perlon, they have a less strident sound and don't require as frequent tuning.

A more modern addition to the violin family are electric violins. Signals are sent electronically through an electric pickup. Some of these electric violins can only be played via a pick up, so playing acoustically, for instance for someone on the street will not be possible.

Where best to buy a violin? The obvious, but best solution is to buy it in a violin store! Some stores even produce their own products in-house. Specialists may rent or sell second-hand violins, so you can try before you buy and see if you have an aptitude for the instrument. It's cheaper to buy second hand, but make sure you get a violin case to protect it from the knocks it will suffer. With a bit of luck, your interest in the instrument has now been piqued.

Hopefully now you may be interested in buying a violin. Good luck! I have also included a link in my author bio to a blog you should check out when it comes to learning how to play the violin. I highly recommend it.

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Justin Robins has been writing and studying music for many years. Justin Robins currently writes for the How To Play Violin blog. If you are interested in learning how to play the violin, then consider checking out this blog.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27