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A MusicalInstrument? with four strings, typically held under the chin, and played with a BoW?; the smallest and highest-pitched of a family of four instruments including VioLin?, VioLa?, CelLo?, and BasS?. For more information about the physical instrument itself, see VioLin?.
FiddleandViolin. The fiddle is the same MusicalInstrument? as the VioLin?. Essentially, "fiddle" is used to described a violin when the violin is played in a FolkMusic? (i.e., TraditionalMusic?) or sometimes a JaZz? style. One very slight difference between fiddle and violin occurs in American (e.g., BlueGrass? and OldTime? music) fiddling: the ViolinBridge? is shaved down so that it is essentially flat. This makes it easier to play DoubleStops.
FiddleStyles. To a greater extent than classical VioLin? playing, fiddle playing is characterized by a huge variety of ethnic or FolkMusic? traditions, each of which has its own distinctive sound, including, but not limited to: IrishFiddling? (with many distinct styles, including, for example, the DonegalFiddleTradition), ScottishFiddling?, EnglishFiddling?, AmericanFiddling? (including OldTimeFiddling?, NewEnglandStyleFiddling?, CajunFiddling?, TexasStyleFiddling?, ContestFiddling?, BlueGrassFiddling?, and other related traditions), CanadianFiddling? (including CapeBretonFiddling?, QuebecoisFiddling?, and others), NorwegianFiddling? (including HardangerFiddling?), SwedishFiddling?, FinnishFiddling?, and FrenchFiddling? (including a rich BretonFiddling? tradition).
Suggested topics to be added later by me or anyone else:
FiddleMusic? and FiddleTunes?.