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# Fiddle and violin

The fiddle is essentially the same musical instrument as the violin, though the bows used differ. The term "fiddle" is used to describe a violin when played in folk music or sometimes Jazz. One slight difference between fiddle and violin occurs in American (e.g., bluegrass and American old-time music[?]) fiddling: the violin bridge[?] is shaved down so that it is essentially flat. This makes it easier to play double stops.

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