I recently saw a 5-string violin with a C-string being used to teach a mixed group of violin and viola students. I thought it was a cool idea and looked on the web, and found out that there are also 6- and 7-string violins out there. Both acoustic and electric.
As far as I can tell, the extra strings are always lower, not higher than the standard G-D-A-E. Why is this?
My daughter, in her quest to avoid having to play 4th finger, was asking me the other day if you could have a B string on a violin. This seems like a good idea too, but I've never seen one or heard of it. Would the tension required just be too high or the string too thin?
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