Violins are best known in classical music and orchestra. This stringed-instrument is regarded as majestic, romantic, and poignant. And because of these properties, violin does not often find itself in the mainstream music. However, today, violinists are becoming a trendy inclusion in some rock bands who want to add some melodrama in their fast and loud music. Some notable violinists which played for rock performances include Sugarcane Harris, Boy Calvin Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band, and Eddie Jobson who played for Curved Air, Roxy Music, and Frank Zappa.
For young musicians nowadays, learning how to play the violin won’t just lead them to play in the orchestra, the church, or in a romantic dinner date. Those who can play the violin can even form their own band or remain a soloist-no matter what, these people will be regarded as ingenious, since playing the violin requires passion, proper training, and sheer talent.
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The violin is a curved string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. Violins are usually made of maple or sycamore, with spruce wood used for the belly. The strings are made of metal, synthetic core or gut strings. Violins come in about 8 sizes, to accommodate the different sizes of the person using them. Although the sizes of a violin vary they are all tuned the same way. This is done by turning the pegs in the peg box under the scroll, or by adjusting the fine tuner screws at the tailpiece
A violin is the smallest member of the string family. It was invented in Italy and has been around since the 16th Century. The violin was embraced very well by Western culture and since then, is used in orchestras worldwide. Today, the violin makes up a hefty portion of any orchestra pit. In an orchestra, violinists are divided into two sections, the first and second violins.
With the growing popularity of the violin, it can now be seen as a versatile musical instrument. If one listens closely, violins can be heard in many of the pop, and hip hop songs played today. Miri Ben-Ari and Vanessa-Mae are very popular modern violinist in this arena. Violins are also emerging in ensembles that contribute orchestral backgrounds to jazz recordings. When violins are used in jazz, pop or hip hop its common for the violin to have five strings rather than the traditional four. With the growing popularity of the instrument, people young and old want to learn how to play the violin.
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