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6.5: Strings

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  • A display of folk string instruments such as guitars and violins

    Introduction

    Bowed string instruments are a subcategory of string instruments that are played by a bow rubbing the strings. The bow rubbing the string causes vibration, which the instrument emits as sound.

    The first modern violin is thought to have been developed by Andrea Amati (ca. 1505-1577) in Italy.

    Listen: String Instruments

    Listen to the different string instruments below.

    Viola

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    Cello

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    Double Bass (originated in the late seventeenth century)

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    Strings in a String Orchestra

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    Other String Instruments

    Listen: Erhu, the Chinese Fiddle

    An old man on a street playing the erhu.

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    Listen: Morin Khuur, the Mongolian House Fiddle

    A Mongolian man playing the morin khuur.

    A sample of the Morin Khuur’s sound

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    • Julia Fischer - Hindemith - Finale from Sonata for Solo Violin, Op 11, No 6. Authored by: Opus 21. Located at: https://youtu.be/LL-uyKDhDUM?t=1s. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License
    • Max Reger: Viola Suite, com Orquestra - Yuri Bashmet e os Solistas de Moscou (Movt. 1). Authored by: figure2000. Located at: https://youtu.be/Gji5CZ-VdHs?t=1s. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License
    • Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations Yo Yo Ma, violoncello. Authored by: Fredobel51. Located at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN184Ytzmpc. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License
    • Edgar Meyer - BACH & friends - Michael Lawrence Films. Authored by: Michael Lawrence. Located at: https://youtu.be/hV-65UMPMMA?t=1s. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License
    • Mozart-Divertimento K136-1. Authored by: Kidon Sull. Located at: https://youtu.be/dPBL-kPQzkc?t=1s. License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License
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