Before you play any kind of musical instrument effectively, you need to get to know it thoroughly. That is the first step towards being able to play anything, and to be able to play it well too. You certainly can’t just decide to be a guitar player and expect to be a virtuoso without having some extensive research coupled with your actual practicing of the instrument, that’s just not going to happen. Even if you have some kind of natural talent, but if you do not back it up with proper and necessary knowledge, it wouldn’t really amount to much.
Take the case of the violin for example. A string instrument, the violin is the smallest, and has the highest pitch of all the members of the violin family of musical instruments. These string instruments include the bass, the cello, and the viola. This is basic knowledge, although that might not have been the primary reason why you became attracted to the violin and ultimately decided to learn how to play it. It is most likely that the sound of the violin was what caught your attention and you became so fascinated with it that you wanted to be able to play it yourself. It is not that easy though, and you must have known it right from the start.
It’s All about the Strings
The violin is a string instrument, as everyone might have noticed. This means that learning about the strings is of utmost importance in the understanding and eventual mastery of the instrument. Well maybe mastery is not the appropriate word, because to just be a competent violin player is already quite an achievement in itself. One of the first things that need to be known is this: how many strings does a violin have? The answer to that is that every normal violin has four strings, with each one of the strings tuned in perfect fifths.
The four strings are the following:
• The G below ‘Middle C’.
• The D above ‘Middle C’.
• The A above ‘Middle c’.
• The E above that A.
In order to make sure that only the best sound comes from the violin, each string must be made a different thickness from the rest. The thickest one would be the lowest sounding string and the thinnest string would be the highest sounding one. The violin strings are made from solid steel, stranded steel, gut or different kinds of synthetic materials, which were then wound with different metals and in some cases are silver plated.