There are 4 families of instruments: string, brass, woodwind, and percussion. Today, we will learn about the string family.
All string instruments have strings or wires that are plucked, rubbed, or tapped to make a sound. A string makes a higher or lower sound (which is called pitch) depending on how fast the string vibrates. A short, thin, and/or a tight string vibrates fast and has a high pitch. A long, thick, and/or loose string vibrates slower and has a lower pitch.
The string family is the most important part of an orchestra.
Now, listen to Johann Sebastian Bach's Double Violin Concerto in D minor (2nd movement).
The viola is like the violin, but it is longer and has a lower sound.
Listen and watch as a gentleman named Scott Slapin plays Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude to the 3rd Partita. This piece was originally written for a violin, but Mr. Slapin is playing the viola.
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