Ancient Music

The Violin Family


    One of the earliest (and probably the best known), this family is characterized by its arched face and back, a tall bridge and a fretless fingerboard, a sharply defined waist, and the use of a bow. Historicly there was much variation tried. Sizes ranged from the 13" Pochette to the 6ft bass fiddle, with stringing running from three on the Rebec up to ten (five playable) on the Hardanger violins of Sweden.

     Pictured (L-R) are a child's 3/4 size violin, a standard (called a 4/4) violin and a viola (also tuned in fifths but starting one fifth lower then the 'standard' eadg).

    Also of interest:

The Pochette
The Rebec
The Hardanger Violins
The Medieval Violin
The Viola de Gamba
The Cigar-Box Violin

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