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Violin Playing When You Unleash Your Inner Rock Star

The violin is one of the world’s most beloved musical instruments and as such has been incorporated into all kinds of music.  While we are most familiar with the violin as a part of a classical orchestra and as a soloist, the tones and sounds of the violin are unmistakeable and can move us to our cores like no other instrument we play.


Because of the versatility of the violin, with it’s different ways in which it can be played, musical genres from Jazz to Country-Western have found it’s music to be an appreciated addition to their signature sounds.  The Bluegrass music seems particularly fond of the most dramatic styles of ”fiddle” playing.


One form of violin playing is fast gaining in popularity and because of this, the instrument has experienced a bit of a metamorphosis.  We are speaking about the amazing sounds and sights of the Rock Violin.


The invention of the electric violin and the incorporation of the synthesizer in modern rock music has brought a new depth to the rock band and it’s sound.  The violin lends itself to many genres of rock from folk metal to death metal and beyond.  Because there are no hard-and-fast rules about how to play, the innovations keep coming to the delight of rock violin fans.  Pete Johansen, the Norwegian-born metal violinist, is a familiar name to the aficionados of Goth Metal bands and he once spoke about how the connection between violins and paganism means that the adoption of the violin by this genre is a natural choice.


The rock violin has gained in popularity with bands like The Trans-Siberian Orchestra catapulting the style into the mainstream.  Where the music goes from here, well, the sky’s the limit.  If you would like to explore the world of the rock violin, contact us and we will help you get started.


photo credit: Murdoch666 via photopin cc

1 Kommentti

  1. Mariana

    I’d say violins have been featured in rock music since, at least, the 60’s. Check out, for example, the band It’s a Beautiful Day. Family and Blind Faith’s bassplayer also plays violin. King Crimson, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa, etc – they had violinists at some point 🙂

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