The violin is a four stringed, hollow body instrument that is held horizontally and balanced between the chin and shoulder. It averages between 48 - 59 cm in length. The instrument is played by fingering the neck and running a bow back and forth across the strings. The strings can also be plucked by bare fingers and thumb.
Violins have a wide range of applications in music from Orchestral to Country fiddle and Heavy Metal.
When you borrow a violin from RPL, you will receive it in a case to protect it. You will also receive a bow, a rosin block, a shoulder rest and a tuner.
An instrument in good condition makes better music. Please see our Care and Respect video below, to learn how to take care of the violin while you have it.
Never played before? No problem! You can also access free step-by-step video lessons for a variety of instruments through Artist Works for Libraries.
Instrument photos courtesy of Vancouver Public Library. Care video courtesy of Toronto Public Library