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Description of the Fiddle
Definition and description of the
Fiddle: The Fiddle can be described as one of a variety of Medieval
instruments which were played with a bow or plucked and usually held
under the chin or in the crook of the arm. Easily portable and one of
the most popular street and town musical instruments. This instrument
has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is
played with a bow.
Family of Instruments: The
Fiddle belongs to the family of String instruments.
Medieval Musical Instruments
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Fiddle, would be used by the musicians
of the period including the Waits,
Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and
percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas
referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume,
not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which
included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other
plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments
(literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were
suitable for outdoors which included the shawm,
sackbut, pipe and tabor. Read the above history, facts and information about the Fiddle.
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