10 Fascinating Facts About Violins

Metzler Violin Shop. (n.d.). Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://www.metzlerviolins.com/

Metzler Violin Shop. (n.d.). Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://www.metzlerviolins.com/

Lacey Talaska

  1. Violinists can burn around 170 calories per hour when playing. 

 

       2. The exact year that the violin was invented is still a mystery, but the design of the modern violin is over 500 years old. The violin itself has not changed much over the years, but the bow and other accessories have had many changes.

 

       3. The word “violin” comes from the latin word vitula. The modern translation of vitula also means “female cow”. 

 

       4. The main part of the violin contains 70 different parts made out of a variety of wood.

 

       5. Mozart was a prominent pianist and composer, but his father began his musical training on the violin. 

 

       6. Playing the violin has a significant impact on the mind. Training in the violin improves your memory, non-verbal reasoning, and attention.  

 

       7. Some of the most expensive violins are sold around 20 million dollars. 

 

       8. The violin and fiddle are the same instrument. The term “violin” is used more in classical music, and the term “fiddle” is used more in Irish or folk music. 

 

       9. Violin strings were originally made out of dried cat or other animal intestines. Today, the strings are made out of different synthetic materials and metal. 

 

       10. The violin bow was originally shaped like a hunting bow. This changed in the 19th century into a bow with a slight curve.