A few weeks ago, I joined my cousin in his music lesson. He took the violin lesson, and as he is a brand new beginner, he invites me to sit into his class too. His teacher is quite friendly, and doesn’t mind me sitting in. I just introduced myself as his cousin, and the teacher is happy for me to join too. Also maybe, he hopes that I may be interested to join my cousin for her class in the long run too.
Anyway, from just a 30min violin lesson, even though I didn’t manage to play the violin music, but I did quite learn a bit about the violin itself! I never know much about the violin, other than knowing that it is a musical instrument. I want to share with you what I have learned in the class right here.
Are you new to violin? Then this is a good place to start. Before you even learn how to play the violin, you must first be well familiar with various parts of the violin and the specific functions of those parts.
Now you might already know the main parts of the violin such as the neck, belly (front of the violin), back and ribs (the sides of the violin) (named just like a human body.) But do you know there are many other little parts of violin. And this is what my cousin who has gone to his first violin lesson in Singapore last Sunday and the private violin tutor has also taught me the name of these parts.
There are mainly another 10 parts of the violin, which includes the following:
Scroll – A scroll is a decorative part, positioned at the top of the violin and are mostly hand carved.
Peg-box – This is where the tuning pegs are inserted. The pegs are adjusted to tune the violin and to make sure that the instrument is tune to the correct pitch.
Nut – This is to keep the distance of the strings and supports the strings so that it has a good height from the fingerboard.
Strings – It is pretty obvious that a violin has 4 strings that are tuned a fifth apart. The violin strings consists of G string, D string, A string and E string.
Fingerboard – It is a strip of wood on the neck of the violin where the strings are. When a violinist plays, he presses down the strings on the fingerboard, thus changing the pitch.
Bridge – The position of the bridge is essential as it directly relates to the quality of sound produced by the violin. The bridge is held in place by the strings’ tension. When the string vibrates, the bridge also vibrates.
Sounding Post – It is located under the bridge and is use to support the pressure inside the violin. The bridge and sounding post are directly related, when the violin vibrates, the bridge, body and sounding post vibrates as well.
F Holes – Is located in the middle of the violin. It is called F Hole because it is shaped like an F in Italics. It allows sound to come out of the violin. Altering the F Hole, such as its length, can affect the sound of the violin.
Tailpiece – Holds the strings so that it has a good distance from the bridge.
Chin Rest – It helps the violinist hold the instrument in place. While playing, the violinist can use his chin to hold the violin, thus freeing up his hands.
So there you go, these are the name and main function of the different parts of the violin. Feel free to comment below if you have any new comments regarding this article. And I would like to say thank you to my cousin’s violin tutor and the tutor himself, for sharing his great violin performing experience with me.