Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bonus...F is for....

F is for frog

This part of the bow is called the frog. 

Z is for...

Z is for piZZicato

When you pluck the string with your finger it's called pizzicato. 
When you play with the bow it's called arco.

Y is for...

Y is for young

With the popularization of the Suzuki method and the ability to make fractional sized instruments, 
children can begin playing the violin at a very young age (2 or 3). 
This is a 1/32 violin compared to a full small and as big as it gets. 

X is for...

X is for the shape the bow makes when on the string

It's also for string crossings.

W is for...

W is for wood

Each violin is made of several types of wood. The most common types of wood used are maple (back, ribs, neck and scroll), spruce (front) and ebony (pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and end button). Other woods that might be used include willow and rosewood. The standard wood used to make a bow is pernambuco wood.

V is for...

V is for violin and viola

What's the difference between a violin and viola? Well, despite the obvious difference in size (viola is bigger), the viola has different strings (C, G, D, A...same as cello) and uses a completely different clef - alto clef. 

U is for...

U is for upper bout

The upper bout is the upper part of the violin's body.