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Violin in the Spotlight


The violin is a stringed instrument. It is the smallest instrument in the string family. Learn about the parts of a violin.


1. Neck

A player holds the violin by the neck. He or she presses the strings in different places to play different notes.

2. Strings

A violin has four strings. Each string has a different thickness. Each makes a different sound.

3. Bow

A violin is played with a bow. Bows are made of wood and horsehair. A player holds the wooden stick. He or she slides the horsehair across the strings.

4. Body

This is the violin’s body. A player holds it between his or her chin and shoulder. The body is hollow. This makes the sound louder.