Bowed string instruments are a subcategory of string instruments that are played by a bow rubbing the strings. The bow rubbing the string causes vibration, which the instrument emits as sound.
The first modern violin is thought to have been developed by Andrea Amati (ca. 1505-1577) in Italy.
Listen: String Instruments
Listen to the different string instruments below.
Double Bass (originated in the late seventeenth century)
Strings in a String Orchestra
Other String Instruments
Listen: Erhu, the Chinese Fiddle