The "Violin" is a stringed instrument with a fretless finger board that produces notes by bowing or plucking the strings.
The 3/4 and 4/4 size instruments shown here are ones that my son played in a youth orchestra. We are holding them until his daughters take an interest in the instrument. He began on a 1/2 size instrument but quickly outgrew it.
The articles provided here are:The WIKIHOW articles on "How to Play the Violin" and "How to Practice Violin" provide excellent instruction for beginning to learn how to play. They also provide several helpful instruction sheets for download. Copies of these are provided here:
- The Violin - WIKIPEDIA - an article describing the instrument.
- The Violin Family - WIKIPEDIA - an article describing related instruments.
- WIKIHOW - many Instructions for the violin including playing, tuning, stringing, et al.