History of Violins

History of Violins

To begin our journey with our History of Violins, we must first understand where they came from. According to Wikipedia, the Violin, Viola and Cello were first made in the early 16th century, in Italy.  The earliest evidence for their existence is in painting by Gaudenzio Ferrari from the 1530’s, though Ferrari’s instrument had only three strings.  The Academie, musicale, a treatise written in 1556 by Philibert Jambe de Fer, gives a clear description of the violin family much as we know it today.

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History of Violins

The history of the Violin has a colorful past as it has been around for centuries as an instrument that is involved in many musical genres like pop, jazz, classical and country.  The violin is a small, hollow instrument belonging to the family of stringed instruments with a long neck and four strings.   It is tuned from low to high with each note having a perfect fifth to the one below it.

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History to violins would help you better understand the beauty of this instrument and how integral it is to any music we have available around the world.  By simply going to YouTube and searching for Violins would give you a vast array of videos to listen to.

Violins are made of different kinds of wood where the top choice of material would be made of spruce while the sides and back are made of maple.  The fingerboard of the violin is usually made of ebony; however sometimes ivory is also used.  The materials of the violins also makes instrument either expensive or cheap which we will cover in later articles.  Violin strings were original made of gut but is today made of different materials.  The different build of violin strings give different tones and sound quality. So choosing the right violin stings are important because of strings actually stay in tune and would last longer than other strings made out of different materials.   Violins that are being made today are usually made of either metal, synthetic core of gut strings.

Metal violin strings produce pure, clear and loud tones and are easy to play. Beginners and intermediate players prefer using steel core strings. The synthetic core violin strings are made of the nylon perlon and produce subtler sounds than metal strings and don’t have to be tuned often.

Today, there are also electric violins that send signals via an electrical pickup device. There are also electric violins that work only when plugged in. Electric violins have a solid body design with wiring and batteries found in its body. Being a new invention, electric violin makers today can use their imagination to decide on the shape of the electric violin.

Violins are best bought in violin stores for a better range of violins. There are some violin stores that sell violins from different manufacturers, and some that manufacture their own violins. Some violin stores also rent out violins and sell used violins. As new violins cost between two hundred to twenty thousand dollars, beginners usually rent violins or buy used ones. Whatever the case, make sure that the violin comes with a violin case to provide it protection from any damage.

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