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STRINGS



Strings



Violin

As the most widely recognized instrument in the orchestra family, the violin has existed since the mid-1500s. This beautifully crafted instrument has been used to delight and entertain music listeners and players everywhere.

As the soprano voice of the orchestra, the violin soars above the other instruments. As a result, the violin is usually used for lead or solo playing, especially for the fast passages. Stringed instruments are usually played by dragging a bow across the strings, though this can also be achieved by plucking the strings for a unique sound.

Viola

The viola is a larger version of the violin and a primary alto voice of the orchestra. Similar to the violin, it is held under the chin and played with a bow. It is tuned a fifth below the violin and an octave below the cello – making it a perfect ground for the two instruments.

The larger tone chamber of the viola can produce somber, moody and mellow tones. This richness and depth is vital to the full sounding ensemble or string quartet.


Cello
Also known as the violin cello, the cello is the tenor voice of the orchestra family. Unlike the higher-register violin and viola, the cello is supported on the floor by an endpin, while the cellist steadies the instrument between his or her knees. Like the rest of the string family, it is played with a bow.

The cello can play deep low tones, but also subdued high tones. It is tuned one octave lower than the viola, making it a perfect choice for doubling the sound of a particular melody.
Bass
The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched instrument in the string family. It can be played either sitting, like a cellist, or standing. Though a bow can be used, bassists frequently pluck their strings to produce sound.

The instrument’s low register is perfect for providing a solid foundation for the rest for the orchestra. The bass is therefore used quite frequently for rhythmic work, but it can also be used as a solo instrument.




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