GOOD vs. BAD STRING ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENTS
by: Alan Arañas
Studying a string orchestra instrument is a very special thing. First you’ll need the correct tools to begin you or your child’s quest to play the violin, viola, or cello. The viola looks similar to a violin, but is slightly larger and is performed holding them on your shoulder. The cello is played sitting down between a performer’s legs and has the same string tones as the viola, but has a deeper sound.
Now that you’ve decided which instrument to help guide you through a musical journey, we’ll assist you to pick out an “educator approved” instrument. The first item to look for is the small light colored wooden object called the, bridge. This piece is not glued to the instrument and should be carved at the correct calculations. Some consequences to a poorly carved bridge are:
- the instrument not staying in tune for more than a minute
- difficult bow crossings
- the possiblity of breaking a string!
The second most important parts of a violin/viola are the PEGS. The pegs can either be black or brown in color. If the pegs and pegs box are not fitted correctly to one another, the instrument will rarely stay in tune for you to enjoy playing.
The CHIN – REST is an important part of the violin and viola ONLY. Chin rests come in many shapes and sizes, and holding this part of the violin / viola under your left jaw-bone can help determine a perfect fit.
The NECK also is necessary while holding your left hand in the correct position during play time. If the neck is too large or too small, it can make playing difficult.
Understanding the importance of these 4 parts of your instrument will assist you to begin playing music on the correct track. It will decrease frustration and time spent tuning the instrument; while increasing more play time!