Fun Facts About Violins

Here are some fun facts about violins, some you may be familiar with, but most you've probably never heard before.

  • The violin was officially designed by Andrea Amati, an Italian lute maker. Amati was asked to build the violin as a lighter alternative to the lyre.
  • Antonio Stradivarius is responsible for creating possibly the best violin in the world, aptly named the Stradivarius.
  • Many professional violinists choose to play the Stradivarius.
  • Stradivarius violins can go for millions of dollars.
  • The modern violin has been around for roughly 500 years. It was designed in the 1500s.
  • The violin used to be known as the "kit" in Italy.
  • The violin is part of the violin family which also includes the cello, the bass viol and the viola.
  • The violin is the smallest member of the violin family.
  • The violin is the most popular instrument among children.
  • Playing the violin burns 170 calories an hour.
  • Violins can be electric or non-electric.
  • Violins are generally either maple or spruce.
  • Violins these days are constructed from over 70 pieces of wood.
  • Violins range in size. The smallest being just 37 millimeters.
  • Violin strings are generally tuned to G, D, A, and E.
  • Violinists are able to use both sides of the brain better than most non-violinists.
  • Though the violin used to be an instrument for the lower class, today it is highly regarded and respected as a difficult instrument to learn.
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