Bowed Strings

Violin

The violin is the smallest and highest in pitch (sound) of the string family. It is the leader of the orchestra and to read the notation for this instrument you read the treble clef. It is played by your left hand with the instrument resting between your chin and shoulder and the right hand holds the bow on the strings.

Viola

The viola is lower in pitch (sound) than the violin but predominantly only a few inches bigger in size. To read the notation for this instrument you must be able to read both the treble and alto clef. It is played by your left hand with the instrument resting between your chin and shoulder and the right hand holds the bow on the strings.

Violoncello

The ''cello is a bass (low) sounding instrument which is considerably larger than the violin and viola. Due to its size it is played in a different way to the violin, resting on the ground held roughly between your knees. To read the notation for this instrument you must be able to read both the bass and tenor clef.

Double bass

The double bass is the lowest sounding instrument of the string family and is therefore the largest. It is played standing or resting on a high stool. To read the notation for this instrument you must be able to read the bass clef.

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