Glossary

Welcome to the ViolinSchool Glossary! On this page you can find definitions for all the violin ‘jargon’ that you’ll come across whilst learning to play!

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Arco: Play the violin using the bow.

Interval: the distance between two notes.

Octave: An interval that is the size of eight notes, where the lower of the notes has half the frequency of the other.

Open String: A violin string played without being ‘stopped’ by left hand fingers, and therefore sounding at its default pitch.

Pizzicato: Pluck the strings of the violin with your finger.

Scale: A pattern of notes ordered by frequency or pitch.