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 size...as 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.