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Difference between violin and fiddle
The definitive difference between a violin and a fiddle.
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Uzi
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Q:  What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle?

A: A violin is played with a bow and strings and a fiddle is played with a bow and strangs.  

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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Aloha @Uzi,

That was a good one, sir!hats_off I spend eight years living in North Carolina while growing up, so I somewhat resemble that remark!  I think I may have read it here, actually, but the term "fiddle" is a very old one, going back to the Renaissance, if memory serves.  The term describes quite a few different stringed instruments, played under the chin, on the lap, and with the instrument resting on the chest.  These instruments took a myriad of shapes, finally taking on the shape of our "modern" violin.  What I took from the discourse is that while all violins are fiddles, not all fiddles are violins.  

So, we can say that it is not only the style in which one plays the instrument, but the word usage as well.  It may also be time to think about changing my strangs as well, as mine don't sing out as loudly as they did when new.  I've noticed this particularly while playing the G on the D-string.  The D on the A-string still rings well, but the A on the E string, while still better the the G on the D-string, rings out less than the D on the A-string.  I've only been playing for a little under five months, but have been playing a lot on the weekends, so it may be time for more "strangs".  

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