Maybe they have a bit more flexibility? And then the mother must teach this child how to string it, and she would not need to play music at all.
I’m going back on what I said when I wrote the above post to get a better understanding of the scope of what this means for me.
My point of view, based upon many years of research, is very much in line with that of the violin maker. However, this is not the focus of today’s post.
Instead, we will talk about how a 3 year old can string a violin, and then also discuss what a violin might look like in 2 years time.
I started a thread a while back about how a normal child can string a violin, which was one of the questions I asked for your help in answering.
I think all of you are familiar with the basics of stringing a violin.
A violin has a number of pieces that can be stringed. Each piece is in its own small box (called a bow). The bow must be in proper position or the violin will not play properly. The bow has 8 strings per string. Some strings have an optional tension (torque) that can be added to the strings to strengthen them. You can think of each string in terms of one arrow on a bow. The higher the tension, the more arrows there are on one string. In a classical violin (or baritone), the bow would be weighted by the piano strings. But here we are talking about a 3 year old, and we want to increase the tension on these 4 pieces to make them stronger. The other important factor is stiffness. Stridulating a violin is an art. It is a process. You have to be able to strum each string with perfect technique over time. It is not a matter of “clicking” or “snapping”. These are the two major reasons that a 3 year old has to learn this in order to string a violin.
And a violinist will have this sort of instrument for at least 40 weeks. In this case, you can think of it as a teacher.
I hope you can see that there are two main ways that a 3 year old could string a violin.
A bow of wood, and a string with tension built into them.
There is another way that a 3 year old might string a violin:
An additional bow that has tension built just into the string.
The new bow would