Types of Electric and Non-Electric Violins

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The violin was created by Andrea Amati of Cremona, Italy (c. 1511-1577). It is likely that the violin developed from a few other string instruments like the vielle, rebec, and lira da braccio going all the way back to the 9th century. Made of the same wood as a piano, much of the violin is made with a hard maple wood, such as the neck, ribs, and back. The violin's fingerboard, pegs, and tailpiece are made of ebony.

The violin is considered one of the most user-friendly musical instruments because it comes in varying sizes to suit the age of the player.

Type of Violins

There are many violin makers from all across the world who create violins for specific name brands. Generally, there are two types of violins:

  1. Acoustic or Non-Electric Violin: This is the traditional violin that is more suitable for beginners. The violin is a bowed string instrument that has the highest tune and is the smallest among the violin family of instruments. It is also called the fiddle when used to play traditional or folk music.
  2. Electric Violin: As the name implies, electric violins use an electronic signal output and is suited for more advanced players. The sound of an electric violin is sharper than that of an acoustic.

Violins may also be classified by period or era:

  1. Baroque Violin: The violin of this period had a shallower angle and neck, as there was not much thought given to chin and shoulder rests, and the strings were strung out of gut with equal tension.
  1. Classical Violin: The violin of this period had a thinner neck and smaller heels than that of the Baroque period.
  2. Modern Violin: The neck of the modern violin is more sharply angled, the wood used is thinner and smaller, and the strings are tuned higher.

Violins may also be classified by the country from which they originated such as China, Korea, Hungary, Germany, and Italy.

Less expensive violins often come from China, while the most expensive, the Stradivarius, (named after Antonio Stradivari) comes from Italy. People who make violins are referred to as a "luthier."

Sizes of Violins

  • 1/16: This violin is suitable for young children, ages three to five years old, with an arm length of 14 to 15 3/8 inches.
  • 1/10: For young musicians, this violin is great for ages three to five years old, with an arm length of 15 3/8 to 17 inches.
  • 1/8: This is also suitable for young violin enthusiasts, ages three to five years old, with an arm length of 17.1 to 17.5 inches.
  • 1/4: With an arm length of 17.6 to 20 inches, this violin is suitable for children four to seven years old.
  • 1/2: For children ages six to 10 years old, this violin has an arm length of 20 to 22 inches.
  • 3/4: Children nine to 11 years old with an arm length of 22 to 23.5 inches will enjoy playing this size violin.
  • 4/4 or Full-Size Violin: For violinists ages nine and above, this violin has an arm length of 23.5 and up. This is the size for adults.
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