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Musical Toys and Instruments for Children

Parts of a Violin

The distinctive hourglass shape of a violin is instantly recognizable, though not many people would know that the elements of that shape are called ’bouts.’ The concave center of the hourglass curve is called a C-bout, while the convex section toward the neck is called the upper bout and the convex curve near the tail is called the lower bout.… Read more →

Violin Tuners for Kids

The violin is a wonderful instrument to take up, and if you practise every day, will bring you years of joy. It is one of the smaller string instruments, with fours strings which should be tuned to perfect fifths. The pitch to start tuning your violin is the A above middle C. However, if you’re just starting out, how are… Read more →

Playing the Violin

Though it may appear that the left hand on the neck of the violin is holding the instrument in place, the primary support is the left side of the jaw pressing down on the chinrest and holding the violin against the left shoulder. A shoulder rest or elastic straps might be used to seat the violin properly against the shoulder.… Read more →

Learning to Play the Harmonica

For musicians who may be interested in learning to play this instrument, getting started with the harmonica is relatively simple. The first thing a new harmonica player needs is a basic harmonica. These instruments are fairly inexpensive for a beginner. However, the costs of harmonica will vary based on the quality of the construction and material used to create the… Read more →

About the Classical Guitar

The classical (sometimes known as Spanish) guitar is a popular instrument to play. Part of the string family (the section known as chordophones) it has six strings tuned to E, A, D, G, B, and E. The G, B, and E strings are nylon, and the E, A, and D strings are wound metal, although traditionally, strings used to be… Read more →

The Violin in Music

The violin is a musical instrument used the world over. We’ll go through a quick survey of how the violin is used for musical creativity, but we know we can’t cover every variation and can only give a short briefing on several traditions: classical, folk, Irish, country music, popular music and Carnatic violin from the country of India. The use… Read more →

Musical Toys

Have fun and Learning to Play Music Music is a thing children want to create from their earliest years. Children love rhythm, as any parent can attest to after a pre-schooler discovers that noise can be made by banging on a pot or a pan in the kitchen. Children love harmony and love to sing along to what they hear… Read more →

Violin for Kids – An Intro

The name ‘violin’ comes from the Latin word for a stringed instrument, ‘vitula,’ which is also the source through the German language for the word ‘fiddle,’ a musical instrument only slightly different from the violin. Though stringed instruments much like the fiddle have been around for thousands of centuries, what we know today as the violin has only been around… Read more →

About the Cello

The Cello is a beautiful instrument belonging to the string family of the orchestra. Other instruments in this family include the double bass, the viola, and the violin. The cello is the mid-sized instrument. It is played with a bow, but it can also be plucked for a different sound. The cello has only four strings, which are tuned in… Read more →