Parts of the Violin

Knowing the names of the different parts of the violin is essential for any beginner, so that the player has a clear understanding of what parts they may need to interact with in order to retune, restring and look after their instrument.

Parts of the Violin

parts of the violin

Scroll

The scroll of the violin is the very top of the instrument above the pegbox. The scroll can be identified by its characteristic curl design; however some older instruments have scrolls that were more elaborately carved with animals or figures.

Tuning Pegs/Pegbox

The tuning pegs and pegbox are located at the top of the instrument by the scroll. This is where the strings are attached at the top. The end of the string is inserted into a hole in the peg, which is then wound in order to tighten the string. The majority of tuning is performed by tightening the peg, with fine tuners being used for strings out by less than half a tone.

Nut

The nut is the connector between the peg box and the fingerboard. The nut has four grooves in it which the strings sit in so that they are properly spaced. If you restring a violin or the strings are very loose, then you should check that the strings are sitting in the grooves at the nut (and at the bridge) before you start to tighten the strings.

Strings

The strings on the violin are tuned G,D,A,E from lowest to highest. Strings differ significantly in quality, and the quality of the strings makes a considerable difference to the tonal quality produced by the instrument. Strings are made from a variety of different metals (mainly aluminium, steel and gold for the E-string). However, some synthetic materials are also used to produce strings and 'cat gut' strings made out of animal intestine are still relatively popular today.

Neck

The neck of the instrument is the part of the violin that carries most of the stress of the strings. It is the long wooden piece behind the fingerboard, which the fingerboard is glued to. The neck of modern violins is more slender and longer than the neck of the baroque violins.

Fingerboard

The fingerboard is the smooth black playing surface glued to the neck of the violin underneath the strings. Violinists sometimes get black residue on their fingers on the left-hand due to the black polish rubbing off. Eventually the fingerboard would need refinishing if this starts to happen.

Body

The body of the violin is the part that amplifies the sound in acoustic violins. The body of the violin can be made of a variety of different woods. While most violins have two-piece backs that are joined together with a seam down the middle, one-piece backs are preferred due to their increased resonance.

Sound Post

The sound post is the round post inside the violin that runs from the front-piece to the back-piece under the bridge of the violin. The sounding post plays a key role in how the violin produces sound, and it also helps to support the structure of the violin from the pressure created by the tension of the strings.

F Holes

After the vibration from the string reverberates within the body of the violin, the sound waves are directed out of the body through the F holes. A good tip for beginners is to direct the F holes towards your audience. Doing this will allow the audience to experience the best sound possible. Of course, you do not need to worry about this if you play an electric violin, or if you are playing with a pick-up.

Bridge

The bridge of the violin comes in varying angles of curvature. A smaller angle makes it easier to play double or triple stops (playing two or three strings at the same time.) Whereas more curved bridges make it easier to hit the right notes without scraping across a wrong string. Classical violinists tend to have more curved bridges. Fiddle or country players have flatter bridges. The bridge also has ridges on it that help to space the strings out evenly. On good-quality E-strings, a small plastic tube should be included wrapped around the string. This should be place over the bridge to prevent the thin E-string from cutting into the wood.

Fine Tuners

Fine tuners can be found either on all four strings, or just the E string. If you are a beginner, it is best to choose a violin with four fine tuners as it makes it significantly less likely that you will break a string while tuning. Fine tuners are essentially a screw that presses down a lever that then tightens the string fractionally. When a fine tuner reaches the end of the screw, it should be unscrewed completely and then the peg should be tightened before again using the fine tuner.

Tailpiece/Endpin

The tailpiece is what the strings are attached to at the bottom of the instrument, closest to the players chin. The tailpiece is attached to the bottom of the instrument by the endpin or end button, a small button on the side of the violin that rubs against the players neck.

Chin Rest

The chin rest is an additional invention that supports the players chin when they are playing the violin. The chin rest is important because it helps the player to hold the violin, which means that the left hand can then move freely up and down the fingerboard.

Parts of the Bow

parts of the violin bow

Hair

The hair of the bow is the part that touches the string when playing. Usually the hair is made out of either a synthetic material or horse hair, and these strands need to be well-rosined to produce sound. If your bow is not well rosined, you may find that it slips on the string and produces a softer, whisper-like tone.

Frog

The frog is the part of the bow that the violinist holds. The frog is where all the mechanics of the bow happen.

Screw

The screw is on the end of the frog which tightens and loosens the hair. If the screw on the end of the frog is completely unscrewed then the frog comes off the bow (it is easy to reattach) when the screw is tightened it stretches the hair of the bow closer to the end of the bow, thus tightening the tension of the hairs.

Stick

The main stick of the bow is usually made of wood, sometimes with a metal core. The stick needs to be supple and bendy to be able to support the tightening and loosening of the bow hair. A good bow should be light, and have a balance point (the point where you can balance the bow on one finger) around a quarter of the way up the bow from the frog. The balance point is important as it allows the violinist to perform advanced technical movements like spiccato (where the bow bounces off the string between each note).

Pad

The pad of the bow assists the player in holding the bow.

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I've got a question.

What do you do with your violin once you graduate from school? Do you just play it a home or have a job with it? Please comment on my comment so I can become An Educated Violinist.

by A Confused Violinist on

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This page taught me a bunch of things i didn't know or learn in my past two years of violin

by An Average Violinist on

Newbie here

I already put the bridge. But when I try to bow it, it doesnt make a sound...

by Dennielle on

Suzuki is a brilliant method to learn, but DO practice your sight reading heaps!!!!!

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DO NOT BE PUT OF VIOLIN BY HOW TECHNICAL IT SOUNDS!!!!! I have been playing violin for 7-8 years now and regret nothing. It just requires dedication, as does anything worth doing. So go and there and be the best violin player you can!!!! :) :) :)

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Julia Re:Violin

I started playing when I turned 5 and have been playing for over 10 years now, and a simple yet possibly difficult tip is to just stick with it. It will be so worth it in so many ways. I definitely recommend getting private lessons, preferably from a Suzuki method teacher for the first year or two. I've always learned from a Suzuki method strings school, but also have had traditional teachers. It may be difficult at first, or even for several years, but it will become one of the most valuable things in your life, even if you don't always enjoy it. Practice as much as you can to move faster; it really does make a difference, but avoid making yourself stress over it. You can be very expressive with the violin, and it is an extremely versatile instrument. You can play any mood and any genre of music such as jazz, rock or Miley Cyrus (damn her, she is cancer). It also is one of the most impressive intruments and will get you the most spotlight time throughout your carreer. As you find yourself get better and better, the high skill ceiling this instrument holds will always allow you to find more and more ways to appreiciate it. #walloftext

by Evan on

Julia Re:Violin

I started playing when I turned 5 and have been playing for over 10 years now, and a simple yet possibly difficult tip is to just stick with it. It will be so worth it in so many ways. I definitely recommend getting private lessons, preferably from a Suzuki method teacher for the first year or two. I've always learned from a Suzuki method strings school, but also have had traditional teachers. It may be difficult at first, or even for several years, but it will become one of the most valuable things in your life, even if you don't always enjoy it. Practice as much as you can to move faster; it really does make a difference, but avoid making yourself stress over it. You can be very expressive with the violin, and it is an extremely versatile instrument. You can play any mood and any genre of music such as jazz, rock or Miley Cyrus (damn her, she is cancer). It also is one of the most impressive intruments and will get you the most spotlight time throughout your carreer. As you find yourself get better and better, the high skill ceiling this instrument holds will always allow you to find more and more ways to appreiciate it. #walloftext

by Evan on

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I've been taking orchestra for one year, and let me tell you "Everyone says its so hard so Im gonna be a baby and not try it" people. Its not that hard. It takes time and practice, but its worth it. Give it a try and JUST DO IT.

by Nicole on

Why is it so secretive that the gauges or diameters of the violin strings
is omitted in all the searches that I have looked into on the 'net.
Would some kindhearted soul be so kind as to reveal this info,I woulkd be very much indebted to that person.

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I like it the only thing is that everyone says that violin is SO HARD and now it's making me not wanna do the violin the orchestra. It's really a bummer. Can someone experenced please comment on my comment so I have a better understanding of what the violin is really like? Thank you!

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