Fiddle and violin. The fiddle is the same musical instrument as the violin. Essentially, "fiddle" is used to described a violin when the violin is played in a folk music (i.e., traditional music) or sometimes a jazz style. One very slight difference between fiddle and violin occurs in American (e.g., bluegrass and old-time music[?]) fiddling: the violin bridge[?] is shaved down so that it is essentially flat. This makes it easier to play chords[?].
Historically, the word fiddle also referred to a predecessor of today's violin. Like the violin, it tended to have 4 strings, but came in a variety of shapes and sizes. Another series of instruments which contributed to the development of the modern fiddle was the viol da gamba, which was played while held between the legs, and has a fretted fingerboard.
To a greater extent than classical violin playing, fiddle playing[?] is characterized by a huge variety of ethnic or folk music traditions, each of which has its own distinctive sound, including, but not limited to:
Suggested topics to be added later by me or anyone else:
History Of Fiddle Playing.
Fiddle Music and Fiddle Tunes.
How To Learn The Fiddle.
Where To Play The Fiddle. In the US, fiddles provide music for wedding celebrations, at community dances, during music camps, and in concerts. Most metropolitan areas have Contradance events with live music, usually with a fiddle.
"EXTERNAL LINKS:" http://www.centrum.org/workshops/fiddle