Violin & Viola, Cello

The strings are the largest family of instruments in the orchestra and they come in four sizes: the violin, which is the smallest, viola, cello, and the biggest, the double bass, sometimes called the contrabass. (Bass is pronounced "base," as in "baseball.")


The smaller instruments, the violin and viola, make higher-pitched sounds, while the larger cello and double bass produce low rich sounds. They are all similarly shaped, with curvy wooden bodies and wooden necks. The strings stretch over the body and neck and attach to small decorative heads, where they are tuned with small tuning pegs.


If your child is an extrovert, bowed instrument can give children a chance to spend some time focusing and concentrating on the skills necessary to improve their playing. He will be improving concentration, memory, self-discipline and more with practice.