Parts of the Violin

This picture of the violin shows you the different parts and pieces associated with the violin instrument.  Read below for more information on the different parts of the violin.

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Parts of the Violin

Parts of the Violin
Parts of the Violin

Scroll – The violin scroll is mostly for decoration and is in the shape of a paper scroll.  This part of the violin is unique to string instruments and is also found on the viola, cello, and bass.  The scroll is usually hand carved and ads a beautiful touch to the violin.

Pegbox – The violin peg box has four holes where the pegs go in.  The peg box houses all the end of each string which is wound around the appropriate peg.  This part of the violin lives at the base of the scroll.

Neck – The violin neck is where the fingerboard is glued.  Most violin necks do not have varnish on the back to imitate the ware from lots of playing. This part of the violin allows the violinist to shift into higher positions and play in 4 different octaves.

Fingerboard – The violin fingerboard is made of ebony and is glued to the violin neck.  By pressing the finger on a string until the finger touches the fingerboard you can change the pitches that the violin plays.

Upper Bout – The violin upper bout is the half of the violin that is above the C bouts.  The violin upper bout is usually smaller in width then the lower bout.

Waist or C Bouts – The Violin C Bouts make it possible to play on the E and G strings without hitting the side of the violin.

F Holes – The violin F holes are the speakers of the violin.  The vibrations and sound project from the F holes.  These parts of the violin are crafted after a cursive style F.

Bridge – The violin bridge holds up the strings. It is shaped in an arch to make it possible to play on one string at a time.  Of all the parts of the violin this is the most delicate. A Violin Luthier must carve the bridge feet to fit the top of the violin.  Against popular belief the violin bridge is actually NOT glued to the top of the violin but help in place by the strings.

Lower Bout – The violin lower bout is the lower half of the violin which is under the C – Bouts.  The lower bout is typically wider then the upper bout.

Fine Tuners – The violin fine tuners are the parts of the violin that adjust the pitch of each string a small fraction.  When tuning the violin you turn the fine tuners clockwise to raise the pitch and counter clockwise to lower the pitch.

Tail Piece – The violin tail piece holds the four fine tuners and strings.  There are many different types of violin tail pieces.  This part of the violin is usually Ebony.

Chinrest – The violin chinrest is actually a misnomer because when holding the violin your JAW actually sits in this part of the violin.  Violin chinrests are usually ebony but also come in many different types.