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Orchestration 101 - The String Section.
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The cello has the same tuning as:
The viola, but an octave lower.
The violin, but an octave lower.
The double bass, but an octave higher.
The double bass is a member of the violin family.
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.
In order to maintain tension on the horsehair, the bowstick must have:
A slight inward curve.
A perfectly straight line.
A slight outward curve.
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, Cello, Viola, Double Bass
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Double Bass, Cello
Every member of the violin family has strings tuned:
In fourths and fifths.
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.
Double basses can play lower notes that low E by the use of a:
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.
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 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.
The bass guitar has the same tuning as:
The double bass.
The bottom note of a viola is:
C above Middle C.
C below Middle C.
A sensible upper limit for orchestral scoring of the cello is:
The third A above Middle C.
The second A above Middle C.
Written E above the treble staff.
Double bass notes are played:
An octave higher than written.
At the pitch at which they're written.
An octave lower than written.
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.
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.
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 bow is strung with:
A couple dozen strands of horsehair.
A couple thousand strands of horsehair.
A couple hundred strands of horsehair.
The structural feature of string instruments that elevates the strings slightly above the level of the fingerboard is called:
The total number of violins comprise:
About 40% of the string section.
About 25% of the strings section.
About 50% of the string section.
Which part of a string instrument is purely decorative?
A 16-member first violin section consists of:
The String Section
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