December 13th Violin Day

Brahms, Bach and Beethoven would have loved this day, it’s Violin Day. I don’t believe there is a musical instrument that represents classical music better than the violin. In the right hands it can sound beautiful and soothing. (Naturally in the wrong hands it seems to exude the complete opposite!)

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The violin is a is an essential part of the orchestra, normally involving numerous violins to provide the volume required to keep up with the other instruments. It provides excitement as well as subtle changes within music.

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In a quartet, it provides the base for the music taking the place of the piano for the melody. It has more range than a piano and can compete with the emotional aspect of any musical instrument.

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And it adds to country music when it becomes a fiddle instead of a violin. It’s the same instrument but played somewhat differently. Here the violin takes more of a supportive role, adding special accents and feeding on the emotional value of the music.

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And in hands of someone like Charlie Daniels it become a weapon against the Devil himself!

How to celebrate – Learn how to play violin. Listen to some classical music. Learn about Stradivarius.