Saturday, July 20, 2013

Violins and Berets

The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, cello and doublebass.

 The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument;[1] this word is also believed to be the source of the Germanic "fiddle".[2] The violin, while it has ancient origins, acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy, with some further modifications occurring in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The violinist produces sound by drawing a bow across one or more strings (which may be stopped by the fingers of the other hand to produce a full range of pitches), by plucking the strings (with either hand), or by a variety of other techniques. The violin is played by musicians in a wide variety of musical genres, including Baroque musicclassicaljazzfolk musicrock and roll, and Soft rock. The violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures all over the world.
 I find it surprising how many violinists wear a beret, or maybe it's not that surprising, really. Convenient, doesn't have a peak that get's in the way and looking great. The photograph below comes from Prague, a violinist wearing a Czech made Service Star, in my opinion the nicest and most comfortable external headband beret there is!

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