If music be the food of life, play on…
There is something magical about music. It can make you laugh or cry or make you want to take a stand or maybe just dance.
With so many wonderful musical instruments around the world, it is hard to pick a personal favorite.
So I thought we could take that journey together and find out which instrument you all like best. Chime in with your votes on our social media handles with the tag #NaviPlaysOn and we can decide on our top pick that makes us happy.
So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to today’s musical instrument – The Violin.
Before I tell you all about its history and other interesting facts that I learned along the way, let’s start with a practical demo.
Take a few minutes to sit back and listen to a couple of these masterpieces.
Now, wasn’t that simply magical? It made me smile and sometimes cry and more than anything else, I forgot where I was for a while and felt like I was transported to another world!
Did you know that the first violin, viola and cello – as we know them, were first made in the early 16th century in Italy. We can see it in paintings by Gaudenzio Ferrari from the 1530s. Most sources agree that the credit for making the earliest violin goes to Andre Amati from Cremona and Gasparo di Bertolotti from Salon (Gasparo di Salon).
The history of bowed string instruments can be traced all the way back to the Rebab, an Arabic instrument with 2 silk strings. These strings were tuned to fifths using pegs located along the side of the body and it had a very long neck.
Over the years there have been several changes to the violin. And the credit goes to several pioneers like the prolific Amati family, Jakob Stainer of the Tyrol, and Antonio Stradivari.
In fact, the oldest violin in existence today is one built by Andre Amati around 1565. And violins count amongst the most sought after and expensive musical instruments in existence in the world today
To me the violin is synonymous with soulful music and of course, Sherlock Holmes – the world’s pre-eminent detective and my Dad’s – Invez. T’s guru!
Well that’s it for me today, time to head back to my strings and play the music of my heart. Till next time, keep the music ON!