Published on 22/06/2011
Here are some interesting facts about the violin you may not have heard.
While playing the violin you burn 170 calories an hour.
Violinists have more connections between the two sides of the brain which accounts for the better co-ordination they have between each hand compared with a non-violin player.
A violin that was played as the Titanic sank was sold at auction in 2013 for $1.45 million.
The world's smallest violin is less than 1 centimetres long in body and fits into a box of matches. It is made from a piece of wood the size of a thumbnail and it took 7 years to make.
There are more violins in a symphony orchestra than any other instrument with an average of 40.
The modern violin contains ove 70 separate pieces of wood and over 30 components.
The violin speed record was set by playing Flight of the Bumblebee in 1 minute 6.56 seconds. That is 13 notes per second.
A rare Stradivarius violin sold for $16 million at a London auction in 2011.
Over 600 instruments made by the Italian mastercraftsman Stradivari are still in existence.
The world record in cycling backwards playing a violin is 60.45 kilometres in 5 hours 8 seconds.