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