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6 Violin quizzes and 60 Violin trivia questions.
  Do You Know Your Violin?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Whether you play the violin or not, you can test your knowledge with this quiz on the basics -- and then some.
Average, 10 Qns, opalescent, Sep 12 20
Sep 12 20
1270 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some basic questions about the violin, and they shouldn't be too hard as I don't even play the violin!
Average, 10 Qns, carolinebee999, Feb 25 17
1911 plays
  Violin Anatomy and Technique   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the parts of a violin, proper maintenance of the instrument, and techniques associated with violin playing. Please take a moment at the end and rate the quiz, and/or send me some feedback. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, violin34, Mar 04 18
Mar 04 18
785 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you play the violin, this should be easy for you! If not, well good luck anyway!
Easier, 10 Qns, emilyy, Apr 24 22
Apr 24 22
1229 plays
  Violin Virtuosi Over The Ages   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Regarded as the king of musical instruments, the violin has been played by countless maestros whose names burn with an unique lustre in the world of classical music. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, navonil1, Apr 17 11
204 plays
  Introducing the Violin    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I have played the violin for over 25 years and have taught others to play it. Here's a quiz about the parts of the violin and the notes it plays.
Average, 10 Qns, gabluefox, Sep 16 14
360 plays
trivia question Quick Question
The part of the bow where the violinist grasps it is called what?

From Quiz "Violin Anatomy and Technique"

Violin Trivia Questions

1. The round end of the violin, above the tuning pegs, is called the _____________.

From Quiz
Introducing the Violin

Answer: scroll

When ferns are just starting to grow, they have a similar curved shape to the violin's scroll, and they're called "fiddlehead ferns".

2. How many strings does the violin have?

From Quiz Violin!

Answer: 4

All members of this orchestral family have 4 strings.

3. What notes are played on the open strings of a violin, from the lowest to the highest string?

From Quiz Violin Anatomy and Technique

Answer: G D A E

Violin strings are tuned a perfect fifth apart.

4. What is the name of the pretty-shaped holes in the body of the violin to either side of the bridge?

From Quiz Violin

Answer: f-holes

This is where the sound comes out of the resonating body.

5. The strings of the violin are attached to the tuning pegs at the scroll, and are attached to this piece near the bottom of the violin. What's it called?

From Quiz Introducing the Violin

Answer: tailpiece

The violin's strings run from the tailpiece, over the bridge, along the neck up to the tuning pegs.

6. What orchestral family does the violin belong to?

From Quiz Violin!

Answer: Strings

Generally, orchestras differ from bands by having a string section.

7. Without this, you wouldn't be able to play your violin properly.

From Quiz Do You Know Your Violin?

Answer: Bridge

The bridge is the arched, carved piece of wood that the strings press down on. It serves to transmit the vibrations of the strings to the body of the instrument. The closer to the bridge you play, the brighter the notes.

8. The part of the bow where the violinist grasps it is called what?

From Quiz Violin Anatomy and Technique

Answer: frog

The frog is also where you find the tightening screw.

9. What is the name of the lowest string on a violin?

From Quiz Violin

Answer: G

The strings are G, D, A, E in ascending order.

10. What's the lowest note that a violin can play, assuming it's tuned the most common way?

From Quiz Introducing the Violin

Answer: G

Violins are usually tuned G - D - A - E, so the lowest note that a violin can play is the open G.

11. What are the letter names of the strings?

From Quiz Violin!

Answer: G D A E

The viola has 3 of the same strings but it has a lower C rather than the high E.

12. On sheet music, what Latin term tells you to return to bowing from plucking?

From Quiz Do You Know Your Violin?

Answer: Arco

Pizzicato tells you to pluck, staccato tells you to play short, quick notes, and crescendo tells you to slowly increase how loud you're playing.

13. Famous for his Chaccone, Toccata and Fugue, French suites, Passacaglia and other immortal works, this German composer of the Baroque era and one of the greatest composers of all time was also a proficient violin master.

From Quiz Violin Virtuosi Over The Ages

Answer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Bach's Chaccone or Ciaccona is considered to be one of the greatest pieces ever composed. It involves every style known during his period and has been recorded by legends like Heifetz, Menuhin, Perlman, Milstein and others.

14. When the first finger would play the B on the G string, the hand is in the ______ position.

From Quiz Introducing the Violin

Answer: Second

When your first finger would play the A on the G string, your second finger would play the B, and your hand is in first position. If you move your hand so that the first finger would play the B, where your second finger was, you are in second position.

15. Where does the sound come out of the violin after being produced?

From Quiz Violin!

Answer: The F Holes

The vibrations come from the strings but the sound exits through the F Holes.

16. Where is the soundpost located?

From Quiz Violin Anatomy and Technique

Answer: beneath the bridge

The soundpost is the most important part of the instrument: it is necessary for the transmission of sound from the strings to the body of the violin. The placement of the soundpost requires expert adjustment, as even a tiny misplacement can have a great impact on the sound quality of the instrument.

17. The tip of the bow, is just that, the tip. What is the bottom of the bow called?

From Quiz Introducing the Violin

Answer: frog

Some bows have Mother Of Pearl inlay and it is said to look like a frog's eye.

18. What hair is the bow strings made from?

From Quiz Violin!

Answer: Horse

The hair of the bow is usually white but it can be made with other colours.

19. Which statement is true about rosin?

From Quiz Violin Anatomy and Technique

Answer: Dark rosin is preferred for winter and light rosin for summer

Rosin is the resinous stuff that violinists apply to the bow hairs to increase friction. Dark rosin works best in low humidity, but gets gummy in high humidity and heat. Light rosin is better in high humidity and heat, but is not strong enough for low humidity. To keep the bow hairs healthy, rosin should be applied every one or two days.

20. The most commonly-played arpeggio involves playing which notes of a scale?

From Quiz Violin

Answer: first, third, fifth and eighth

To play an arpeggio the player successively plays each note and then back again, as many octaves as you want, but like a scale always ending where you started.

21. Born in 1920, this violinist has the main auditorium of the Carnegie Hall named after him. He was also a collector of antique instruments which were auctioned after his death in 2001.

From Quiz Violin Virtuosi Over The Ages

Answer: Issac Stern

The auction of Stern's instruments at Tarisio auctions fetched 3.3 million dollars.

22. Where are the sound posts in the violin located?

From Quiz Introducing the Violin

Answer: inside the body

The sound posts are located in the body. If you look where the "F-Holes" are, you can see them. The sound posts help give the violin a richer sound by transmitting the vibrations from the top of the violin body to the bottom

23. What is the primary function of the "waist," or "C-bouts"?

From Quiz Do You Know Your Violin?

Answer: Bow Clearance

The waist provides the familiar "hourglass" shape to a violin's body, but besides the appearance, it allows the bow full access to all of the strings.

24. What do you call it when you bounce the bow off the strings for each note?

From Quiz Violin Anatomy and Technique

Answer: spiccato

Spiccato technique is often used on very fast passages.

25. Some violins have no fine tuners, or just one, but what is the maximum number of fine tuners possible on a violin?

From Quiz Violin

Answer: 4 & four

One for each string! The fine tuners are in the tailpiece and each string is attached to a fine tuner.

26. A Spanish violinist and composer, he was looked upon as the greatest player of the instrument after the demise of Paganini. His accomplishments include the gypsy piece, 'Zigeunerweisen' and 'Carmen Fantasy'.

From Quiz Violin Virtuosi Over The Ages

Answer: Pablo De Sarasate

In Sherlock Holmes' 'The Red Headed League', Holmes and Watson attend one of Sarasate's performances.

27. What keeps the tuning pegs from slipping and making the strings go out of tune?

From Quiz Introducing the Violin

Answer: friction

The tuning pegs are tapered, so they can be locked in place by pushing them toward the neck after the string has been tuned.

28. What instruments make up a string quartet?

From Quiz Violin!

Answer: 2 Violins, Viola and Cello

The double bass although part of the string section is not usually part of a string quartet.

29. What is the opposite of "pizzicato"?

From Quiz Violin Anatomy and Technique

Answer: arco

Pizzicato is where you pluck the string instead of bow it, and arco means to return to bowing the string. Adagio is a tempo marking meaning "slowly", and col legno is when you play with the wood of the bow instead of the hair.

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