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Violin

The violin is known worldwide with its varied use. While the violin is non-Indian in origin, the technique is undoubtedly a trademark of South Indian music. The violin is the first choice of vocal accompaniment as it contains constant vocal fluidity. The violin has the ability to mimic the vocal ornaments and can even replicate microtonal detail. Since the harmonium lacks the ability to do either, it is rejected altogether in the South Indian system. The tuning system is based on tuning to the fifth and tonic of the main performance. In addition, the posture of the violin is altogether different. One placed the violinís base between the chin and shoulder and keep the head of the violin between the feet. It is considered the most stable position of the violin.

 

North Indian music uses the violin; however, it is rarely heard in classical music. The violinís posture is different from both Western and South Indian technique. The violin is not used that frequently in classical settings, since sarangi reigns supreme in the bowed family of stringed instruments.

 

Although the technique, posture, and tuning differs from the Western technique, the construction of the violin is still the same.

 

AUDIO CLIP: Violin

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012