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Music for Kids

The Violin

The violin is one of the primary instruments in classical music and orchestras.

The Violin Family

There are four main instruments in the violin family. They all have similar shapes, use a similar bow, and are played in a similar fashion. The main difference is in the size of the instrument which affects the range of notes they can play. The larger the instrument, the lower the range of notes.

Here they are from smallest to largest:

The cello is played with a bow while sitting down


Violins in Classical Music

Violins play a major role in classical music. There are different groupings of classical music where the violin and its family members are used:

A classic string quartet group


Violin in Other Music

The violin is used in other music as well including folk music, rock and pop music, and jazz. In folk music the violin is often called the fiddle. The fiddle is the same musical instrument as the violin, but the style of music played is different. Fiddle music is generally folk music played with a lively beat that people can dance to. In pop and rock music the violin is generally part of a string section played as part of the background.

Fun Facts about Violins

More on the violin: Other musical instruments:

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