• Highest pitched instrument in the violin family
• Smallest instrument in the violin family
• Violins are usually split into two groups, one playing the melodies, one playing the harmonies of the piece.
Here's a fun violin video!
• The middle pitched instrument of the violin family, the viola has a much lower and mellower sound then the violin.
• Viola is shaped, held and played just like a violin, but is usually larger in size.
• The viola nearly always plays the harmonies, filling out all the notes the violins don't have.
• The cello has the largest range of any of the string instruments as well as it's own unique timbre. The cellos sound resembles the human voice more then any other instrument.
• Cello must be played sitting down with it's endpin extended.
• The cello is most versatile of the string instruments and is called on to perform many different jobs: melody, harmony and bass line.
Here's a fun cello video!
• The lowest instrument in the violin family it is called the contrabass, the double bass, the string bass and sometimes the bass violin. They all mean the same instrument!
• The bass is played standing up or while sitting on a tall stool.
• It is maybe the most important instrument in the orchestra, as it's primary job is to keep the beat and play the bass lines that keep the orchestra together.
• You need not be tall to play the bass! There are small basses!