5 Stringed Violins

I’ve made lots of 5 string violins now, mostly going down to a ‘C’ on the bottom. So they are tuned to cover violin and viola in one instrument.

Body dimensions and thicknesses are adapted to suit 5 strings. String length is the same as normal violin. The neck is a touch wider of course, and I keep the string widths the same as normal too with the use of a suitably sized bridge. This avoids crunching the strings up together and overpowering a regular violin bridge which most makers seem to feel is appropriate.

They can be based on any of my violin designs but the sound does vary according to the shape .

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    FiddleTutor
    The Charlesworth Hornpipe
    Written by Sam McGrady
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    Sam wrote this tune in 1988 while he was working on the Northern Frisk Collection with Jamie Knowles and Pat Chandler-Knowles. Pete Cooper credits him as the composer on the CD, which he recorded as part of his online tune collection. It was written for Dave Godwin who lived in Charlesworth Derbyshire. Dave played Piano Accordion and guitar with the Bilbo Baggins Barn Dance Band with whom Sam played fiddle for many years. The tune is popular with musicians around Saddleworth in Greater Manchester.

    Application of the tune
    Good for dancing and goes well with 'John of the Green, the Cheshire Way'

    Tutors Notes
    Bridging is a very useful technique to work on in this piece. It is also not a bad idea to work on bow managements trying to keep the bow relatively cantered for all of the string crossing.
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