Some interesting facts about violins are that the modern violin contains over 70 separate pieces of wood and the world's smallest violin is 37 millimeters long. Additionally, playing the violin burns approximately 170 calories an hour and most violins are made from maple or spruce.
The violin is a popular instrument for children and adults, and people have paid up to $18,000,000 for one. These instruments date back to the early 16th century, where they became popular during the Renaissance. Although no violins from this period are still in existence, experts have deduced they date back this far because of information found in paintings and written documents. The most famous early violinists include Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi. There are also several accomplished violinists of the 20th century, including Helen Armstrong, Hugh Maguire and Louis Kaufman.
There are several methods for learning to play the violin, one of which is the Suzuki method. This method entails learning violin in a relaxing environment, as Shin’ichi Suzuki believed a person’s learning environment could have a direct impact on how well they learned to play a given instrument.