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Orchestration 101 - The String Section.
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The first five finger positions on violin and viola cover:
A little over an octave.
A little under an octave.
A little over two octaves.
The main structural feature of the violin family's evolution from the older family of viols is that:
The newer instrument bodies are more accurate in size for the length of strings.
The newer instrument bodies are shallower, favoring the resonance of higher overtones.
The bass guitar has the same tuning as:
The double bass.
The total number of violins comprise:
About 40% of the string section.
About 25% of the strings section.
About 50% of the string section.
The bottom note of a viola is:
C above Middle C.
C below Middle C.
Every member of the violin family has strings tuned:
In fourths and fifths.
A sensible upper limit for orchestral scoring of the cello is:
Written E above the treble staff.
The third A above Middle C.
The second A above Middle C.
The correct order for string instruments in an orchestral score, from top to bottom, is:
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Violin I, Viola, Violin II, Cello, Double Bass
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Double Bass, Cello
Violin I, Violin II, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
The bow is strung with:
A couple thousand strands of horsehair.
A couple dozen strands of horsehair.
A couple hundred strands of horsehair.
In order to maintain tension on the horsehair, the bowstick must have:
A slight outward curve.
A perfectly straight line.
A slight inward curve.
Double bass notes are played:
An octave lower than written.
An octave higher than written.
At the pitch at which they're written.
The double bass is a member of the violin family.
A 16-member first violin section consists of:
The beauty of seating the cellos to the right of the conductor is that:
It concentrates most of the lower-pitched instruments in one corner.
It makes the violas sound louder when their section is under-powered.
It keeps the sound of the higher strings spread out across the stage.
The cello has the same tuning as:
The viola, but an octave lower.
The double bass, but an octave higher.
The violin, but an octave lower.
Which part of a string instrument is purely decorative?
The structural feature of string instruments that elevates the strings slightly above the level of the fingerboard is called:
These lobes are divided by a narrow waist, which:
Allows the sound to escape.
Helps to spread the strings slightly and transmit their vibration down to the sounding board.
Allows greater freedom of motion for bowing the top and bottom strings.
An easy way to remember string numbers is to:
Start at 16 first violins, and count backwards by twos.
Start at 18 first violins, and count backwards by threes.
Start at the number 60, and divide the sections evenly by five.
The old school seating arrangement placed the second violins:
To the right of the conductor.
Between the cellos and violas.
To the left of the conductor.
The most comfortable key signatures for string instruments lie:
To the top and to the right of the circle of 5ths.
To the bottom and to the right of the circle of 5ths.
To the top and to the left of the circle of 5ths.
To the left of the circle of 5ths.
Double basses can play lower notes that low E by the use of a:
The String Section
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