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Orchestration 101 - The String Section.
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A 16-member first violin section consists of:
Double basses can play lower notes that low E by the use of a:
The bass guitar has the same tuning as:
The double bass.
The most comfortable key signatures for string instruments lie:
To the left 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 top and to the right of the circle of 5ths.
The total number of violins comprise:
About 25% of the strings section.
About 50% of the string section.
About 40% of the string section.
These lobes are divided by a narrow waist, which:
Allows greater freedom of motion for bowing the top and bottom strings.
Helps to spread the strings slightly and transmit their vibration down to the sounding board.
Allows the sound to escape.
Double bass notes are played:
An octave higher than written.
An octave lower than written.
At the pitch at which they're written.
The bow is strung with:
A couple thousand strands of horsehair.
A couple hundred strands of horsehair.
A couple dozen strands of horsehair.
The correct order for string instruments in an orchestral score, from top to bottom, is:
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Double Bass, Cello
Violin I, Violin II, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Violin I, Viola, Violin II, Cello, Double Bass
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
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.
Every member of the violin family has strings tuned:
In fourths and fifths.
In order to maintain tension on the horsehair, the bowstick must have:
A slight outward curve.
A perfectly straight line.
A slight inward curve.
The beauty of seating the cellos to the right of the conductor is that:
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.
It concentrates most of the lower-pitched instruments in one corner.
The double bass is a member of the violin family.
The structural feature of string instruments that elevates the strings slightly above the level of the fingerboard is called:
The bottom note of a viola is:
C above Middle C.
C below Middle C.
Which part of a string instrument is purely decorative?
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 cello has the same tuning as:
The double bass, but an octave higher.
The violin, but an octave lower.
The viola, but an octave lower.
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 first five finger positions on violin and viola cover:
A little over an octave.
A little over two octaves.
A little under an octave.
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.
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