Hello everyone! This is Mike Sanchez violinist/tutor/performer.
You can call me any of these! Today I am going to explain to you a very popular question
that is probably the number one question actually out of anything that I have ever been asked
as a teacher and that is what is the difference between a violin and a fiddle. Many people
ask this question all over the Internet and today I am going to answer that question and
not only answer it but show you a few things on it. Just to give you a little bit of a
background I was raised classically and I learned through the symphony orchestra I could
play all classical music from my chair and didn’t move too much. But then I started to
branch off into some other forms of music which ended up being country music. I also
learned bluegrass and cajun style music. The coolest thing about it was that it allowed
me to do other things that I have never been able to do before with country and cajun music.
The reason that I bring all this up is because the violin is going to be the exact same instrument
as the fiddle! That is a shocker to many people! So you can do pretty much everything that
I just said as far as styles on this one instrument. So it is all about how you play it! This violin
here is actually my Grandfather’s he played in a local symphony for over 25 years. What
happened is that I actually turned the violin he gave me into a fiddle! I put a pickup on
the violin, and duct tape! You aren’t supposed to do that so leave me alone on that comment.
🙂 So anyways, I turned this thing into a fiddle but I can still play very much classically
and when I teach in my own studio I do teach all different styles of violin as well as
fiddle. Different students want to go different ways with it and they always ask me should
I get a fiddle or a violin? I say it is pretty much the same thing! Let me kind of demonstrate
for you what I mean by different styles and how the fiddle and the violin are exactly
the same instrument. Classical violin, let’s demonstrate here. (Tuning). Alright so here
goes a little bit of classical. (Classical music playing). So classical is very much
classical! It is single notes, vibrato, it is very much technical and not very free,
but it is very pretty and I love it. So on the same violin, notice I didn’t change the
video or anything. This is the same instrument. I am now going to show you some other styles.
Let’s see so what should I play? A lot of people can relate to maybe Orange Blossom
Special? Something like that? (Playing Orange Blossom Special). So that is a lot different
than what I did earlier! (Playing). Obviously! There is all different styles on the violin
you have blues (playing blues) as well. That was also jazzy. Or cajun music (playing cajun
music). That is similar to country but pretty much the same idea. So that answers the question
what is the difference between a violin and a fiddle. As far as the body of it there is
absolutely nothing, but the style of it is totally different and it is all going to depend
on what you want to learn and the style that you go after. You will eventually branch off
into different things that you might want to learn later on. If you want to learn about
the violin and how to play it do visit my website! It will teach you everything you
need to know. www.violintutorpro.com. Hope to see you all there and have a great night.
I hope I answered your question!