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Fiddles are wooden stringed instruments which require sliding the bow across the strings and fingering the fretboard to create a sound. The traditional way to play a fiddle is with a bow, you can also pluck the strings to play the notes. Fiddles are the highest frequency producing instrument in the violin family. They are known to be played in Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass and fusion genres. You can also watch traditional music artists playing fiddles with an Opera and a Symphony. When a fiddle is played with the traditional music, the fiddle becomes a violin. When a violin plays jazz, it becomes a Fiddle. So basically, Fiddles and Violins are one instrument with different names.

Earlier, with an Opera, a team of fiddle players created music together. The number of Fiddle players in an opera depended upon the size of the Opera group and stage size. Using multiple fiddles opened up options for musicians to play the music louder and to also create harmonies and disharmonies. While with Jazz, Blues, and BlueGrass, number of fiddle players are lesser than those of Operas and Symphonies. Most of the modern music only require one Fiddle player to play along with the other instruments.

Basic Components of Western Music theory

  • Pitch:- Pitch can be defined as how high or how low a note gets. It is directly proportional to the frequency of a sound. Pitch of a sound is very particular and it cannot be matched, even by a similar sound produced by a different equipment.
  • Scales:- Scales came out as patterns in music which sensibly completes a music circle. A musical scale is made up of notes with a certain pattern to follow. For example, there are major scales in music which follows “Root Note-Tone-Tone-Semitone-Tone-Tone-Tone-Semitone” pattern. The last note of which again comes out to be the root note. There are a lot of other scales in music.
  • Consonance and Dissonance:- Pick a note on any musical instrument. There are a number of consonance and dissonance for a note within its own scales. Consonant notes sound complete when played together. Dissonant notes give a feeling of incompleteness.
  • Chord:- Chords can be defined as notes in a scale, which when played together, create a sensible sound. It can only be consonant notes or a combination of consonant and dissonant notes. For example, to play a major chord in any scale, you need to pick the first, third and fifth note from that scale. Play the selected notes together. You have got your chord.