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    String Instrument Options

    VIOLIN: The violin is the smallest of the string instruments, and it has four strings, tuned in fifths, G D A E. The violin is the highest sounding instrument in the string family, and is played by drawing a bow across the strings using the right hand with the body of the instrument being supported by the shoulder and the chin. The fingers of the left hand are used to stop the strings against the fingerboard, to create different notes.

    VIOLA: The viola is larger than the violin, and it also has four strings tuned in fifths, C G D A. The viola is lower sounding in pitch than the violin, and is played by drawing a bow across the strings using the right hand with the body of the instrument being supported by the shoulder and the chin. The fingers of the left hand are used to stop the strings against the fingerboard, to create different notes.

    CELLO: The cello is larger than the viola, and it also has four strings tuned in fifths, C G D A. The cello is lower sounding in pitch than the violin and viola, and is played by drawing a bow across the strings using the right hand, and fingers of the left hand are used to stop the strings against the fingerboard, to create different notes. The cello is played in a seated position with the body of the instrument resting between the legs.

    BASS: The bass is larger than the cello, and it also has four strings tuned in fourths, E A D G. The bass is the lowest sounding string instrument, and is played by drawing a bow across the strings using the right hand, and fingers of the left hand are used to stop the strings against the fingerboard, to create different notes. Because of the size of the bass, the player either stands or sits on a stool to play.

    FRACTIONAL SIZES: String instruments are available in a fractional sizes based on the child’s arm length, height and comfort. Students should not be discouraged from an instrument because of the size, and they will be matched with the appropriate size instrument when Mrs. Baer meets with them regarding instrument selection.