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All music instruments are equally famous for musicians. You cant think of mindful music without any of them. You can say music is the harmony of different tunes of different instruments. Violin is one of them. But before playing the violin, it is good to know about the basics. There are different types of violins. Each of them is good, according to their uniqueness.

In today’s article, I have come with the sum of various types. And according to my personal experience, it is good to know about the basics for a good deal. So be with me for the next 2 minutes. I hope my details will help you to choose the best one according to your need.

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Different Types of Violins

You know that the violin is one of the most ancient musical instruments. It is still famous for the rhythmic sound and tune. Simultaneously, it is evident that the violin has changed over its lifespan for several different reasons, which has produced various types of instruments.

Violin types can be roughly categorized into three groups:

·         violins that vary in size,

·         violins that change because of the genre, and

·         violins that vary based on the changing of the period. 

Size: As you know few musicians prefer small size, portable violin, on the other hand some prefer to have large and multi featured option. So manufacturers produce varieties of sizes according to choice of every ages. These sizes are popular as

  • Half size,

  • Quarter Half size

  • Four quarter violin

  • Full size violin etc.


Genre means which version of the song can be played with the violin. Basically almost all the song can be covered by the instrument. But the main flavors of modern music come best with the violin. And in the next few parts of the content we have described the details of which violin will be good for which violin.


Violin is an age old traditional uncial instrument.  It changes overtime. A modern violin is not the same as initial violins. You may find huge variation there.

We can classified violin  by the change of period like that

  1. Pre baroque violin

  2. Baroque violin

  3. Classical violin

  4. Acoustic violin

  5. Stroheim violin.

They are quite different from each other. Lets get some ideas about them.

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Details description about how many types of violins

These different types of violins are essentially the same instrument. Still, the main difference is that almost all the violins have minor changes in their stylistic, ease of learning, or any developmental reasons are also important factors. Few developments are easy to initiate –like, to change a modern acoustic violin to a country fiddle, you would essentially need to change the bridge on the violin from a curved bridge to a flatter bridge, in most cases. However, other violins (particularly those that vary in size or because of the period) include more significant variants.

Well, now come to the main point, there are the three main categories for types of violins. They are different in many categories. For example, general violins are very individualistic instruments. The Variations of makers, their country of origin, wood-types, and make (for example, whether the violin has a one-piece or a two-piece back) also significantly affect the quality of the violin. For your convenience, I classified the violins according to their size, material, and other criteria. Look at these.

Different Types of Violin by Size

As you know, size matters the most in terms of these portable instruments. Everyone prefers considerable measure for regular use. Violins vary in size mainly so that children can quickly learn the violin. Additionally, Violins that vary in size are famous to the musicians. They are known as ‘fractional’ violins because the violin’s different sizes are recorded as fractions of a whole, full-size, or ‘four-quarter’ violin.

And Fractional violins usually come in small sizes such as  1/64, although this is very rare. But The smallest commonly played violin is the 1/16th, which is used by children aged 3-5, depending on the child’s arm’s length. Violin sizes above 1/16th include the 1/10th, 1/8th, 1/4, or ‘quarter-size,’ the 1/2 or ‘half-size,’ and the 3/4 or ‘three-quarter’ size.

If you are in a dilemma with the size of the violins, let me give you a simple solution. A tricky but straightforward way to measure the violin’s size is right for the child violinist is to turn the violin backside up and then keep the rest of the back of the violin along the left under-arm of the child. And take an in-depth look by asking your child. If the child feels comfortable with it and he can reach the top of the scroll, then no worries,  this is a good indication that the child will be able to manage this size of the violin without dropping it or becoming too cramped in the arm with too little space to play.

Different Types of Violin by period

As I mentioned earlier, the violin is an age-old music instrument, and over time the manufacturers change the model, playing system, even they change the tuning system. So you can say day by day violin is becoming one of the latest musical instruments.

Pre-Baroque Stringed Instruments

In the initial phase, when the first piano was invented, musicians used to play with several other stringed instruments, which were similar to the first commercial violin. The Byzantine Empire’s lira was held upright, but the lira de breccia (viol for the arm) was held against the chin like a violin. The three-stringed Violets, which also pre-dates the violin, was also held under the chin. The viol again was similar and became popular at around the same time as the violin. Sometimes these instruments are occasionally referred to as early violins; however, they are all separate instruments in their own right.

Baroque Violin

The forefather of the classical/modern violin was the first standardized instrument made in the 16th century. The Baroque violin has a shallower angle of the neck, which is usually thicker to support the strings’ tension. However, the string tension is lower than on a classical violin. As more advanced crafting techniques allowed for the violin range to be extended in the 18th century, many of these original Baroque instruments were altered to fulfil these new standards.

Classical Violin (Also referred to as the Modern violin or the Acoustic violin)

Classical or acoustic options are popular types of a violin. The classical violin was developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was equally famous as new techniques. Because it had become available to increase the string tension, and besides these, the range and sound projection of the violin are up to the mark. The classical violin has a more slender neck, higher string tension, the benchmark or standard violin where other options are assessed.

More recently, classical violins have been made from many different blocks of wood. More comfortable fittings have been developed to aid all beginner or professional violinist – like the chin rest, this option can stop the player from dropping the violin when changing from one position to the next and make sure that the player to hold the violin against the neck comfortably. Better strings and rosins have also been invented in the 20th century, which has improved the classical violin’s sound.

Stroh Violin

The Stroh violin, mostly known as the horn-violin or violin phone. This category was invented by the famous musician John Stroh in the late 19th century. The Stroh violin uses a horn rather than a sound box to produce sound, giving it a much different timbre to an acoustic violin. Stroh violins can make a much louder sound than the traditional acoustic violin. The Stroh violin is similar to the Romanian horn violin; however, the horn on the Romanian horn violin is narrower. The horn violin has never been as famous as the traditional acoustic violin due to its relatively high cost and thinner, harsher sound.

Electric Violin

Electric violins are among the most exciting category of violin among the new generation of youngsters. The electric violin is a violin that produces sound electronically. There are many different styles of the electric violin. As no soundbox or f-holes are needed to make sound, many forego the classical acoustic instruments’ traditional aesthetics. Electric violins were sold as early as the 1930s, with musicians being known to use pick-ups on violins before this date also. The sound from electric violins can be distorted through amplification, which is helpful in some genre playing. And it is easy to play. You don’t have to face any handling problem with it. So as a beginner, you can surely go for it.

Semi-Electric Violin (Also known as Electric-Acoustic or Violin with Pick-Up)

Well, a semi-electric guitar has the same popularity in the market. They are for professional, you can say. And if you go for the fu: nationality, then A semi-electric violin is essentially a violin that produces sound acoustically, which is also fitted with a pick-up so that the sound can be electronically amplified.

This kind of sound retains more of the original acoustic feel than fully electric violins, so if you want an acoustic guitar, this can be a great choice. On the other hand, this quality has a shortcoming that it will not sound incredibly loudly when not plugged into an amp (much like the electric and bass guitars). Pick-Ups are relatively easy to add to classical violins. However, some set-ups require the violin (for example, a hole being made in the violin’s body so a ‘plug-in’ can be inserted).

Different Types of Violins by Genre

While many of the violins categorized by period could also be classified by genre, these violins have been specifically modified to suit particular music playing.

Fiddle Violin

Don’t be surprised to see the term here.  The term ‘fiddle’ has been used as a slang term to describe a bowed stringed instrument playing since before the violin was invented. But these modern days, the term ‘fiddle’ can be used as a general term to identify a violin; it is most commonly used as a name to describe a violin used to play country or folk music from a range of different origins. So you can say it as a folk violin.

There is a flatter bridge in the fiddle. It helps to allow the player to perform double or triple stops more easily. One more important thing is that the fiddle can make a soothing sound than a classically arched bridge. In a word, it is clear that the fiddle and the violin are the same instruments according to their function, the significant difference by the context and the style in which it is played. ‘Fiddle music’ can refer to music from many different countries, including Ireland, England, Scotland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and parts of America and many other countries.

5-String Violin

The five-string is a modern version of the violin. They can be either electric or acoustic, and as its name suggests, it includes the 5th string. The 5th string is called the C string (below the G string.) The 5-string violin combines with the other ranges of the violin and viola in the one instrument. The five-string violin can take a few extra times to adapt to adjust for four-string violin players as the angle that the bow touches specific string changes.

This type of violin correctly matches the country fiddle music. It allows the player to fill out the sound more with lower notes, and the decreased angle between strings makes it easier to perform double and triple-stops (playing two to three rows at a time).

FAQ about Violin

  • What are the four main strings of a violin?

As you know, there are specific four strings in any typical violin. They are E, A, D, and G.

  • What is a five-string violin called?

The violin may vary according to their strings. There are 4- string and 5-strings based violin, and the 5- string violin is known as five strings.

  • Which is the best violin manufacturing country?

Germany is famous for manufacturing the best quality violins.

  • What is the length of 1/16 violin?

A 1/16 Violin has an approximate length of 230mm or 9-10 inches.

Final words about types of Violin

Violins are adequate to generate a modest and soothing type of music. And different types of violins offer an additional output. So I hope from my discussion, you are able to find your category. Try to use it according to your needs, and I can bet you will love the instrument among all the other musical instruments.