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Violin 'facts'?
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Ferret
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While playing the violin you burn 170 calories an hour!

The modern Violin contains over 70 separate pieces of wood. [according to Etienne Vatelot in a foreward to Menuhin's "The Violin"]

The smallest violin measures just under 2" or about 50 millimeters 

An old Italian term for the violin is "kit".

If a violinist is placed into an MRI machine, we can see that a much larger area of the brain - the right primary motor cortex - is devoted to his or her left fingers when compared with a non-violinist. Two or three times as large, in fact. Violinists also have more connections between the two sides of the brainwhich account for the better co-ordination they have between each hand compared with a non-violin player. Yay us!

Joseph Merlin of Huy, Belgium invented the roller skates. To introduce his invention he entered the ballroom-playing violin in 1759. Unfortunately he did not know how to stop and crashed into a full-length mirror, breaking his violin.

The violin is the most popular instrument for children, it is also the most indemand instrument at the professional level.

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Ferret said

"most indemand instrument at the professional level".

Indemand by who?  Audiences?  Performers?  Orchestras?

Also, another factoid ..... There are more old violins in dark closets than moth balls.

 

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Ferret said

Joseph Merlin of Huy, Belgium invented the roller skates. To introduce his invention he entered the ballroom-playing violin in 1759. Unfortunately he did not know how to stop and crashed into a full-length mirror, breaking his violin.

Thereby also inventing the pratfall in that same year, which was not perfected until the 1970's by Chevy Chase -- possibly due to his inability to play the violin.

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