History, Music

Violin versus Fiddle

Wednesday is the day we go to our Music Together class. Normally I really like this class, but today was extra awesome.

First, the little one is officially walking now! That means I didn’t have to pick him up and carry him as much when we dance around the room. (And that also means I don’t have to pick up and dance with his 39 pound brother, either!)

Second, the teacher brought her violin with her and played one of the songs on it. Only, it’s not a violin… it’s a fiddle! Actually, they are the same thing and the big difference is the style of music played on them. A violin is more classical music, and the fiddle is country or folk music.

Honestly, I don’t know why I am so shocked by this revelation, but I think that it is super cool. It is one more example of how not everything is as simple as it seems. (I don’t mean to imply the violin is simple, because I certainly couldn’t play it!)

I found some more cool facts while I was researching the truth behind the claim.

  1. Davy Crockett at the Battle of the Alamo would play the fiddle for his troops to keep up morale. (Source)
  2. Stradivarius is known as possibly the best violin maker of all time, and one of his  violins lovingly constructed in 1707 was sold in 1998 for more than 3.5 million dollars. There is a belief that violins sound better with age. (Source)
  3. It can take over 200 hours to make a good violin… or fiddle! (Source)
  4. The fiddle is sometimes associated with the devil. This can be traced back to the protestant reformation when most forms of entertainment were associated with the devil. A good example of a fiddle song is The Devil Went Down To Georgia by (Source)
  5. Playing the violin or fiddle is good for the body and mind. It uses both sides of the brain and can burn up to 175 calories per hour. (Source)



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