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