A display of folk string instruments such as guitars and violins


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

An old man on a street playing the erhu.

Listen: Morin Khuur, the Mongolian House Fiddle

A Mongolian man playing the morin khuur.

A sample of the Morin Khuur’s sound