About the Violin
The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest and highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola and cello. A person who plays the violin is called a violinist or fiddler, and a person who makes or repairs them is called a luthier, or simply a violin maker.
A violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word "violin" comes to us through the Romance languages from the Middle Latin word vitula, meaning "stringed instrument"; this word may also be the source of the Germanic "fiddle".
A violin typically consists of a spruce top (the soundboard, also known as the top plate, table, or belly), maple ribs and back, two end blocks, a neck, a bridge, a sound post, four strings, and various fittings, optionally including a chin rest, which may attach directly over, or to the left of, the tail piece. A distinctive feature of a violin body is its "hourglass" shape and the arching of its top and back. The hourglass shape comprises two upper bouts, two lower bouts, and two concave C-bouts at the "waist," providing clearance for the bow.
The standard way of holding the violin is with the left side of the jaw resting on the chin rest of the violin, and supported by the left shoulder, often assisted by a shoulder rest. This practice varies in some cultures; for instance, Indian (Carnatic and Hindustani) violinists play seated on the floor and rest the scroll of the instrument on the side of their foot. The strings may be sounded by drawing the hair of the bow across them (arco) or by plucking them (pizzicato). The left hand regulates the sounding length of the string by stopping it against the fingerboard with the fingertips, producing different pitches.
About Violin Lessons
The modern violin we know today actually originates from instruments brought to Europe via the middle east thousands of years ago. Since that time the voice of the violin has become a hallmark of the orchestral sound, and is also found in jazz, pop, and country music. Today there are even electric violins as the instrument continues to evolve. The violin seems to have a sound quality similar to the human voice, which could be one reason the instrument has remained viable for so long, and why it is studied by so many students.
Do you aspire to learn more about the violin? Playing the violin can be a rewarding experience, but there's much to know, so it's important to find an experienced teacher to help you advance to the next level as well as avoid common pitfalls.
Violin students take lessons for various reasons. For some people, lessons are a chance to explore the violin for the first time, while for others instruction needed to brush up on old material or to prepare for an audition. Depending on their needs, students are free to stop or start their lessons at any time.
Whatever your current stage of development, with Starlight Music you're sure to be matched with the right violin teacher. If you'd like to find out more about violin lessons and how we work, please send us an email at: info@starlightmusic.com.au