The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the
smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also
includes the viola, cello, and double bass.
The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument , this word is also believed to be the source of the Germanic"fiddle".
Although originating in the western culture, use of the violin has spread to many cultures throughout the world. The violin is by far the more popular instrument and has perhaps the greatest musical repertoire of any instrument. It has been adopted in a range of genres such as:
Country and western
The violin is very difficult to master, but is one of the most widely used instruments in the world. It is well known for its use in symphony orchestras, rock bands, or even as a solo instrument.
Violin Lesson On How To Hold The Violin : As you begin any violin lesson it is important that you learn how to hold the violin. Many violin players aim to have their posture erect while maintaining a naturally balanced stance that is comfortable and they try to keep their spine and neck straight. With each violin lesson, you will soon find a more comfortable position for yourself.
As the violin is held, the feet are shoulder width apart. The violin is then placed on the left shoulder and it should be pointing out towards the side. Then the head is turned to the left direction with the left jaw and chin lowered over the chinrest.
The violin can then be supported by the chin and shoulder alone without the need for using the hands. This allows the left hand to become free so that it can be used on the fingerboard to play different notes.