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Orchestration 101 - The String Section.
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The bottom note of a viola is:
C below Middle C.
C above Middle C.
Which part of a string instrument is purely decorative?
A 16-member first violin section consists of:
The total number of violins comprise:
About 25% of the strings section.
About 40% of the string section.
About 50% of the string section.
The old school seating arrangement placed the second violins:
To the left of the conductor.
Between the cellos and violas.
To the right of the conductor.
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 most comfortable key signatures for string instruments lie:
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 bottom and to the right of the circle of 5ths.
To the left of the circle of 5ths.
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.
The double bass is a member of the violin family.
Double bass notes are played:
An octave lower than written.
At the pitch at which they're written.
An octave higher than written.
In order to maintain tension on the horsehair, the bowstick must have:
A slight outward curve.
A slight inward curve.
A perfectly straight line.
An easy way to remember string numbers is to:
Start at 18 first violins, and count backwards by threes.
Start at the number 60, and divide the sections evenly by five.
Start at 16 first violins, and count backwards by twos.
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, Violin II, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Violin I, Viola, Violin II, Cello, Double Bass
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Double Bass, Cello
The structural feature of string instruments that elevates the strings slightly above the level of the fingerboard is called:
A sensible upper limit for orchestral scoring of the cello is:
The third A above Middle C.
Written E above the treble staff.
The second A above Middle C.
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.
Double basses can play lower notes that low E by the use of a:
The cello has the same tuning as:
The violin, but an octave lower.
The viola, but an octave lower.
The double bass, but an octave higher.
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.
Every member of the violin family has strings tuned:
In fourths and fifths.
The bass guitar has the same tuning as:
The double bass.
The bow is strung with:
A couple dozen strands of horsehair.
A couple thousand strands of horsehair.
A couple hundred strands of horsehair.
The String Section
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