A abbreviation of the term "Violin". A bowed stringed instrument of soprano range. The modern violin has four strings tuned to g, d', a', and e'' and a range of G below middle C to E two octaves above the treble clef. The violin is one of the most popular orchestral instruments, and has been since the Classical era. It is an extremely versatile instrument and is capable of a wide range of expression and intensity. All the descendants of the viola da braccio family ( i.e., the violin, viola, and violoncello) have four strings, and are played with a bow. The back and belly of the instruments are slightly bulged, the soundholes are "f " shaped, they are fretless, the bodies are longer than the necks, and the fingerboards extend down far over the bodies.
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