Facts About Violin That You Should Know
The violin is an acoustic string delicate and beautiful orchestral instrument, crafted from wood. It is being used in almost every music genre from centuries. It is a great instrument that inspires both the musicians and audiences.
Different shapes and sizes are available in the online and offline market to suit players, both young and old.
The beauty of different sizes are that your child can start playing violin by taking violin lessons at a tender age and as he or she grows, you can get a bigger for him or her accordingly.
Child Sized Violins
There are different sizes available for children of different age groups.
Player’s Arms Length Size
14 to 15 inches – 1/16 size
15 to 17 inches – 1/10 size
17 to 17.5 inches – 1/8 size
17.6 to 20 inches – 1/4 size
Adult Sized Violins
Large violins are suitable for older children, small adults, and adults, in general, depending upon their arm size.
Player’s Arms Length Size
20 to 22 inches – 3/4 size
22 to 23.5 inches – 7/8 size
23.6 and above 4/4 (full sized)
There are two types available in the offline and online market. They are:
1. Acoustic Violin: In an acoustic or non-electric, four strings are stretched from tuning pegs to a tailpiece passing over the bridge made of maple. These maple transfers sound vibrations to the soundboard. They are the traditional violins and best suited for new players. They produce the highest tune without using any extra equipment. Also, in a violin family, these are the smallest ones.
2. Electric Violin: As per the name, these rely on electronic signal output to create a bold sound. More advanced violinists use These. It creates a sharper sound as compared to the acoustic violins.
Violins based on period or era
Some are classified on the period or era by place of their origin.
1. Baroque Violin: These old styles are classified on by the period they were made. They have a shallower neck and angle as, during that period, not much thought was given to chin and shoulder rests. Its strings were made from gut and strung using equal tension making it difficult to play.
2. Classical Violin: A violin of the classical period has a thinner neck and small heels as compared to that of a baroque violin.
3. Modern Violin: The neck of violins from this period was more sharply angled and thinner. The strings on the modern-day violin were synthetic and tuned higher.
Violin Care and Maintenance
To keep a violin in the perfect condition, proper maintenance is a must. For this, you need to make sure your violin and its accessories are properly stored in a case when not in use. For the first time violin buyers, here are a few accessories to consider to properly preserve the instrument:
Case: If you are only buying a violin, then you will have to buy a case separately. But if you order an “outfit,” you will get a bow, rosin and a case with your violin.
Humidifier: To avoid tonewoods from being damaged, you need to keep your acoustic violin at 45-50% relative humidity. People living in dry areas need to buy an instrument humidifier.
Cleaning Supplies: To keep your violin upright, keep it away from dirt and dust.
Strings: Strings need to be changed every 6 to 12 months depending on how much you play.
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