Blog #22
Blog #22: Instrument of the week
String Family

The String Family
For the last four weeks, we are going to look at the four major families of instruments, to cover the broader topic, and more instruments before the year is out.  This week we will be looking at the string family of instruments.
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Overview

String instruments are instruments that make their sounds using the vibrations of a string.  The string are usually made of some sort of metal and often have some body (made of other metal or wood) to resonate over.  The string instruments can be either bowed, hammered, or plucked in order to make a sound.  The string gets higher in pitch when there is less string to resonate (usually pressed down by the performers hand) and lower in pitch the longer or thicker the string is.  The string instrument does not require breathing to make a sound, however breathing is an important aspect for all musicians. 
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Common String instruments in the U.S.

Violin
Violin

Viola
Viola


Cello
Cello


Double Bass
Double Bass

Electric Guitar
Guitar

Bass Guitar
Bass Guitar
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Some string instruments from around the globe

Sitar
Sitar

Harp
Harp


Ukulele
Ukulele

Banjo
Banjo

Hammered Dulcimer
Hammered Dulcimer

Lute
Lute

Musical Bow
Musical Bow


Zither
Zither

Jinghu
Jinghu


Harpejji
Harpejji


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Links


List of string instruments

How String instruments work

How a guitar is made
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Respond

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If you had to pick one of the instruments listed, which one would you be most interested in? Why?

Pick two of the instruments listed above and compare and contrast them. How do they sound similar? How do they sound different? What are the major differences in how they are built or played?